Black History T-Shirts for Sale at $10.00 each for Adults and Students!

We are selling Black History T-Shirts!

All sizes are available for the cost of $10.00 each (All Adult and Kid Sizes are available)!

Please see Ms. Hanny at Dr. King – (217) 384-3675 or email –!

Come join us for FINE ARTS NIGHT on Monday, January 28th from 6-7 p.m.

Fine Arts Night

Monday, January 28th

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dr. King School Multipurpose Room

  • Parent/Student Art Project
  • Dancing
  • Curriculum, Assemblies, and Field Trip Information
  • Google Doodle Contest
  • Snacks and Drinks will be served!

See You There!

King Day Assembly – Friday, January 18th at 1:30pm


                                    Order of Program 

        Dr. King School Pledge – Entire Student Body

        Dr. King Song – Entire Student Body

       “OH Freedom” Song – All 5th Grade Classes  w/Mrs. Maurizi

        Dr. King Speech (Some Excerpts) – “I Have A Dream”                                                                                                         Read By Jesse Nzinga

                                                                                              5th Grader

                                                                                              Ms. Thompson Class

          “Rise Up” Song – By Precious Vogel

                                                 5th Grader

                                                 Mr. Mockbee Class

NO PTO MEETING on January 9th!

Letter to our Families for our Preschool Program at MLK – January 7, 2019

Jan. 7, 2019

Dear Preschool Families of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School,

We hope you’ve had a wonderful winter break! We are excited to begin a new semester and to focus on a smooth and successful transition for our students who will be moving into Kindergarten next year.

There are a few things for you to be aware of:

For personal reasons, two of our teaching assistants, Jon Gouilliard in room 7, and Catty Su, room 8, have resigned their positions. Mr Jon’s last day was just before break. We are pleased to welcome Diamond Moraga to Ms Aleta’s class, room 8. Ms Diamond’s strong background in Early Childhood and Special Education and love of children is a great addition to the classroom team. Ms Catty’s last day is January 11th.

As you may know, the preK classrooms are primarily funded through the Illinois State Board of Education Preschool for All Expansion Grant. One of the components of the grant is that our classrooms receive a monitoring visit to ensure that we are providing the best education possible and meeting all requirements of the grant. This ISBE contracts with the National Louis University to conduct the compliance visit.   The assessors will look at our student files to ensure that all records are in order. They will review lesson plans and spend time observing in the classrooms and rate staff/student interactions to ensure that they are positive and engaging. They will look at the spaces, materials, and activities that the students have access to ensure that they are safe and appropriate. They will interview staff about practices and may talk to parents about the quality of the program.

We don’t know the exact date(s) of the compliance visit; but we do know that the assessors will arrive sometime between January 14th -February 4th. Approximately 8 weeks after the visit, the assessors will send us a quality rating and report that includes areas in which we are doing well and areas in which we need to improve. We’ll use that information to write a Continuous Quality Improvement Plan and report our work to the State each school year. Of course, we’ll be glad to share that information with our families.

If you have any questions about the monitoring visit, please don’t hesitate to ask. You are welcome to talk to your child’s teacher, Ms. Aleta or Ms. Alicia, or principal Ms. Cail-Lewandowski, or Ms. Cris Vowels, the preschool administrator at Urbana Early Childhood School.

Thank you for your support of the preschool program,

Ms. Cail-Lewandowski


Community Resource Links for Families for Holiday Help

Attention Dr. King School Families


15 Days of Christmas – King Holiday Celebration

Tuesday, December 11 – Deck the Halls! Come decked out in your favorite holiday accessories and jeans (i.e. jewelry, scarves, hats, etc.)

Wednesday, December 12 – Holiday Door Contest! Help your teacher decorate your door in a festive and fun way that best represents you! There will be prizes for those who participate: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners.

Thursday, December 13 – Swap Cookies! Bring your favorite cookies to class and swap with others.

Friday, December 14 – Peppermint Patties & Candyland! Everyone wear your favorite red and white. Dress up as any candy for those who are really creative!

Monday, December 17 – Hot Cocoa Anyone! Enjoy hot cocoa on a cold winter day at our Hot Cocoa Bar in the multipurpose room during your assigned class times in the afternoon!

Tuesday, December 18 – Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow! Dress in all white to represent snow. And since we’ve no place to go…..Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Happy Holidays!!

International Potluck Dinner – Thursday, November 15th from 6:00-7:00pm

Welcome all Dr. King Families to come join us at our annual International Potluck Dinner on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00 to 7:00pm. You will be able to take food from all across the world, including from the United States. There is still time for any families to create a dish to share with the other families. You may turn in a sheet with the dish information! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!!

Family and Friends Thanksgiving Luncheon – Thursday, November 15th

All families come join the Dr. King Students during their lunch periods with a Thanksgiving Luncheon. Join us during the lunch hours from 11:05 to 12:45 on Thursday, November 15th. We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday. Please remember to turn in your money by Wednesday, November 14th. The cost of lunch for the family members are $3.50 per person. Hope to see you all on Thursday!

Families Engagement Workshop on Saturday, November 10th

Come enjoy the 1st Families Engagement Workshop on Saturday, November 10th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Dr. King Elementary School. We will have workshops on Growth vs Fixed Mindset, Student-Led Yoga and Mindfulness, Parent Book Review:  “The Whole Brain Child”, free massage by Jennah N., and lunch will be served for participants. All Family Members are welcomed – Children, Parents/Guardians, and any other family members. We hope to see you there!




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