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Join King Elementary for McTeacher Night!

January 30th, 2017

The teachers and staff of King Elementary invite you to McTeacher’s Night on Tuesday, January 31, at the McDonalds on Cunningham Ave. in Urbana.

This annual fundraising event will have King School staff members taking orders, working at the fry station, and cleaning the dining room, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  King School will receive 20% of the profits raised during that time.  The profits will be used to purchase technology to enhance instruction in our classrooms.

The King School family hope to see you there!

King Elementary McTeacher Night flyer (pdf)


Tech outside the classroom

May 1st, 2015

Students in Shalonda Carr’s 5th grade ESL class are combining technology to present their research in a whole new way.  The students created history presentations and are using mobile technology in an innovative way to bring their work to their audience.  The students published their presentations on a web site.  Then, they put together QR codes and placed those in the hallway outside their classrooms.  The QR codes, as seen in the pictures below, can be scanned by any smart phone with a bar code reader application.  Once scanned, the application will send the viewer to the web site with that particular student’s report.  Students have not only learned about a subject in history, research and putting together a presentation, but they have also learned how to use technology in and out of the classroom.  Great job!

Laura Campbell, Kindergarten Teacher, receives Cupcake Award

March 17th, 2015

How do you show a teacher they’re doing a great job? Why, by giving them a Cupcake of course!

King Elementary Kindergarten teacher Laura Campbell was one of three area teachers awarded a 2015 Cupcake Award from the CU Schools Foundation.  In addition to the award, Ms. Campbell received a $500 grant for her classroom.  More information about her nomination can be found on the CU Schools Foundation web site.

This annual award is presented to individual teachers whose “exemplary service, extra efforts, enthusiastic attitude and innovative ideas noticeably benefit their students.” The three teachers will be honored on Saturday, April 11 at the 2015 CUSF Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn. In addition, CUSF will recognize 5 graduates of our local public high schools with three awards: Distinguished Alumni Award, Local Hero Award and Local Business Community Impact Award.


A visit by Tracy Abrams to King 2nd graders

October 22nd, 2014

Not too long ago, the University of Illinois athletic department asked if one of their athletes, Tracy Abrams, could come and read to our 2nd graders.  And of course we said YES! Our 2nd graders were very excited about the visit.

Mr. Abrams came on Tuesday, October 21 and read to all 2nd grade classroom.  He also talked with the students about sportsmanship, doing homework, and showing respect to adults.  Below are some pictures from Mr. Abrams visit. Read the rest of this entry »


October 7th, 2014

October 4, 2013

Dear King School Families,

We are inviting all King families to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  We are partnering with C-U Safe Routes to School Project and Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District for this event.  There is a flyer in your child’s backpack with more information about this event.

If you live in the immediate King School Neighborhood, we are encouraging you to walk with your child on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  If your child rides the bus to school, you are welcome to join us by driving them on this particular day.  I would like to invite our children that are normally driven to school by a parent/guardian to meet us in the parking lot between Perkins restaurant and the Hampton Inn on University Ave. to walk to King School together at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

All bus riders will also have an opportunity to walk to school as well.  First Student buses will unload King School students at the corner of Fairview and Lincoln in the Family Video parking lot.  King staff members will be available to walk the two blocks with students for this event.

I would like to remind families that students should be ready to enter the school building at their regular grade level entrance at 8:10 a.m. With this in mind, you should begin to arrive in King School’s neighborhood before 8:00 a.m. to park and allow yourself time to walk to school with our students and staff members from either Family Video or the Perkins and Hampton Inn parking lot.  Students who normally eat breakfast will still be able to eat at 8:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room.

A continental breakfast will be served in our library from 8:00-8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9th for parents and family members who participate in the walk to school event. You are invited to have a cup of coffee/juice and a muffin while you complete the Walkability Checklist provided by the C-U Safe Routes Project.  All parents that live within walking distance of King School are invited to offer your input as we plan safe walking routes for your children from the Walkability Checklists.

We look forward to seeing you on the morning of Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Please call 384-3675 if you have any further questions, or you would like to volunteer to assist during the walk or with the parent breakfast to earn VIP Program Points.

In the Best Interest of Kids,

Dionne Webster


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