Piato Cafe Backpack Fundraiser – August 9th!

Please join us for the awesome Piato Cafe buffet Backpack Fundraiser on Thursday, August 9, 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Multipurpose Room at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary. Each year, Kelly Jo Lamb and the generous employees of Piato Cafe do a fundraiser that purchases school supplies and backpacks for every student at Dr. King. Please help us provide our students with the materials for an academically successful school year!

Hungry participants – please use Door 8 (under the Clock) to enter for this wonderful fundraiser.  

2018 Field Day

Dr. King Elementary 2018 Field Day will take place on Monday, May 21st in and around Dr. King school.  This annual event will include a host of exciting activities for our students to participate in.  We are also looking for parent volunteers to help with this exciting day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Sheila at (217) 384-3675.  

Students will be participating in water games. Please have them bring extra clothes and wear appropriate shoes for game activities (no flip flops).

A list of activities is below:

FIELD DAY – 2018

Long Jump – (In sand box) K-5 grades:  Form one line one student at a time will stand and jump in the sand  as far as they can then it will be measured to see who jumped the farthest.  

CHICKEN RELAY – (on side walk other side of fence) K-5 Grades:  Form two lines for teams. Put tennis ball between knees and waddle to box.  Student releases knees and drops tennis ball into box then runs back to tag next person in line

WATER SPONGE RELAY – (in court yard) – K-5 grades: Form two lines  on signal (blow a whistle) first student dunks the sponge in the tub of water and passes it down the line last student rings the sponge out in a pail and runs to the front of the line dunks the sponge in the tub of water and passes it down the line till the whistle blows team that has the most water in the tub is the winner

SOCCER BALL RELAY – (in multi purpose room) K-5 grades :  Form two lines for teams. Race down and back kicking soccer ball.

PARACHUTE  – (in gym) K-2 grades:  Put ball on top in center of parachute and raise up and down

TUG-O-WAR –(in gym) 3-5 grades:  Two teams – one on each end of the rope – each team pulls to see which team will cross the center line first

MUSICAL CHAIRS – (in gym) K-5 grades:  One less chair per student.  Play music and when the music stops students sit down.  If you don’t have a chair to sit in, you’re out. Each time the music starts remove a chair.

BASKETBALL TOSS – (on black top) K-5 grades:  Form a line and take turns shotting baskets

POTATO SACK RACES – (on grass by tennis courts) K-5 grades:  Form two lines. The first student in each line puts both feet in the potato sack and hops to the designated spot and returns back to beginning and gives the next student in line the sack.  Continue until all students have finished.

LIMBO – (on black top) K-5 grades:  Form a line. Students will go under the stick.  Once all students have gone under the stick, lower it one notch.  If a student falls, they are out. Repeat until the last student standing clears the stick.

FOOTBALL TOSS – (in grassy field next to black top) K-5 grades:  Form one line. Students will throw three (3) footballs through a hula hoop at different heights.

Parent Teacher Conference Information

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 15 (4:00pm to 8pm) and Friday, March 16 (8:00am to 12:00pm).  There will be no school for Dr. King students on Friday, March 16.  

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. PTO will provide the teachers and staff dinner on March 15 and breakfast on March 16.  They are asking for volunteers to provide food for the teachers during this time.  Please see this Sign-Up link for more information.

Jan. 30th @ 1:30 p.m. Opera Assembly

Please Join us for an ear filling joyous occasion of music Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome, hope to see you there.

Dr. King community celebrating United Nations Day

Please join the Dr. King Elementary students and staff on Tuesday, October 24 for our annual United Nations Day Celebration.

This years’ theme is “One day.” One day, this world will belong to you, the students of Dr. King school! What kind of world do you want it to be? What will you do to make it that way?

Opening Ceremony: 9:30-10:00
Country Museums: 10:00-11:00

Families are invited to help teach visitors about their home countries next the tri-fold board about the countries that represent Dr. King Elementary. What makes your country unique? What new words can we learn? Come and meet your Dr. King School Family!

United Nations Day Celebration – PDF

New Arrival and Dismissal procedures – a note from the Principal

Beginning Monday, Oct. 2nd, our morning arrival and afternoon pick up will look different.  In order to increase the safety for our students, buses will unload and load on Fairview and students will use the main entrance (Door 1).  This means, parents/caregivers will not be allowed to park in front of the school on Fairview.  

Parents/caregivers will use the current bus lane off of Goodwin entering the South end and exiting the North end.  You will be dropping your child off at the entrance where the clock is (Door 8) between 7:55 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.  Your child is tardy after 8:15 a.m.  Students who are tardy must enter the main entrance (Door 1).  

Visitor parking will be available on Fairview outside of arrival and dismissal times.  Parking is also available in the lot on the South side of Fairview.  You will always be asked to sign in the main office if you enter the building.  The North lot is for Staff Parking Only at all times.  We will barricade the lot to ensure it is used for only staff members.

In the afternoon, buses will load between 2:50 and 3:10 p.m. on Fairview.  Parents will pick up using the current bus lane on Goodwin.  Please do not park in front of the school between 2:40 and 3:15 p.m.  

When using the current bus lane, which will be called, car lane, cars must keep the traffic flowing; please do not get out of your car.  Please just pull up, drop off your child, and pull away.  This is a single car lane.  Do not pass cars in the car lane.

Letter to Dr. King parents and families (PDF)


A Note from Principal Cail-Lewandowski to Dr. King Families

September 19, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

“Approximately at 10:45 a.m., I was asked by the Urbana Police department to conduct a soft lock down because of an occurrence in the neighborhood. We initiated our code red school safety procedures to keep all our students and staff members secured in their classrooms.  Learning continued during this code red procedure; we use the emergency procedure when there is a potential threat outside of the school building.  We kept in contact with the Urbana Police Department and they notified us when we could end the soft lock down.  The code red lasted approximately two hours.  

I am very proud of our students for following our school’s expectations today.  The students were respectful by listening to directions from adults, and remaining attentive in their classrooms.  They showed responsibility by sitting and listening to the announcement from me and directions from their teachers. The students were ready to continue learning after they heard directions from me and their teachers.

Please praise your son or daughter for their exceptional behavior today.  They exhibited all three of our school expectations (Respectful, Responsible, Ready).


Christina Cail-Lewandowski



“Learning for All……All for Learning”

2017 Dr. King Elementary Curriculum Night

Dr. King staff will host their 2017 Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 14 for all Dr. King students and families.  Curriculum Night will be held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School.  Principal Lewandowski, Dr. King teachers and staff will welcome all the families at 6:00pm in the gymnasium and provide an introduction to the King school family.  The specific agenda is listed below.  


  • 5:30-6:00        ESL students and families will meet with their ESL teachers in their classrooms
  • 6:00-6:25        All families will meet in the gym for important information and an introduction to the King school family
  • 6:30-7:00        Students and families will go to their students’ classrooms to gain information about the curriculum from their students’ teachers

2017-18 Curriculum Flyer (pdf)

Welcome to the new Dr. King web site!

With a new school year comes a new principal and a new web site!  Welcome to the updated web site for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School!  We hope that the site has the information you need and you are able to find it quickly.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the site:  contactusKing@usd116.org.

The content is divided in information centers – information critical to parents and families will be located under the Family Information Center – this includes teacher and staff lists, Skyward Family Access link, land other important links and information.  If you are a Dr. King staff member, you will find the information you need under the Staff Information Center.

Stories about the good news about our students and staff and the exciting events happening at Dr. King will be under the Good News section.  Currently, we have a story published about the new AM line-up procedures with a video to help explain what’s new. 

Piato Cafe

Come join us at Piato Cafe, in Lincoln Square, Urbana, on Aug. 10th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where you can eat for only $5.00.  The proceeds will go to purchasing school supplies and backpacks for all Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School students.  Learning for all….all for learning.




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