Welcome to Leal Elementary
Leal is one of the oldest schools in Urbana. The site was originally the Oregon Street School and housed the Urbana Schools from 1872 until 1892. The name was later changed to Leal School.
The entire operation of Leal School is founded on a school philosophy which asserts that the ability of a student to achieve determines the level of instruction to be utilized.
The development of social responsibility in each of our students is a top priority at Leal. The Leal Rights and Responsibilities were developed to provide a consistent basis for our effort toward our general goal: to make Leal School "a good place for children and adults." The Leal School expectations are: Respect Yourself, Respect Others and Respect Property.
December 3rd, 2013
Arrangements for Amanda Burton’s visitation and memorial service
Thursday, December 5, 2013.*
Service to follow
Windsor Road Christian Church (2501 W. Windsor Rd, Champaign)
Amanda’s obituary can be read here.
Donations towards Amanda’s funeral costs can be made at any Busey Bank. (Checks should be made out to the Amanda Burton Memorial Fund. Donations may be tax-deductible.)
A volunteer meal plan for the family has been set up. You can sign up via SignupGenius here.
If you have not read Mr. Landsman’s December 2 letters about Amanda, they can be found below.
Letter from Mr. Landsman regarding Amanda Burton*
Carta del Sr. Landsman sobre Amanda Burton*
*Please note - the date of Amanda’s service has stated in Mr. Landsman’s letter changed from Tuesday, December 3 to Thursday, December 5.
December 2nd, 2013
Hello! My name is Margaret Ross, and I am a Leal alumnus. I began Girl Scouts in first grade at Leal and I am now working on my Girl Scout Gold Award. As part of that effort, I have decided to begin a project called Books for Beginners. My hope is to help younger readers at Leal to become more interested in reading and better at it by taking home books weekly to read. My idea is to have bags full of books put together. The books and bags will come from a book drive that is occurring December 7th and 21st. Then sometime in the second semester I will bring the books into Leal. A few selected classrooms (K-3rd grade) will participate in my project. They will get a bag of books on a Wednesday and will keep it for a week. When they bring back the bag on Wednesday they will switch it out with another bag full of books. I will also have people come in to read, or be read to, by the students.
I need your help! I am holding my book drive on December 7th and the 21st. I will be accepting used books that are for beginning and intermediate readers. I will also be collecting large pieces of cloth that are usable to make book bags, and monetary donations. The money will make it possible to supplement any books or cloth that wasn’t donated. Questions call 217-722-1182 or email at
What: Book Drive, donate books, larger pieces of cloth, and monetary donations
When: December 7th and 21st, 9 am-12 noon
Where: Leal Elementary
Why: To help young students at Leal to become better readers
Please view my presentation at http://prezi.com/nouuh8nb-3rz/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
November 15th, 2013
Mrs. Clark vs. Mrs. Kirby. Leal vs. Robeson. Urbana vs. Champaign! They’ve even roped Urbana Middle School and Edison Middle School into their pajama war! The winners – all the foster kids in Champaign County who will have brand new pajamas this holiday season.
Mrs. Clark is spear-heading the annual donation drive for pajamas and has asked Miss Barbie Price, Family and Consumer Science at Urbana Middle School, to have her class get involved. The 8th graders will be making posters and advertisements in class to post around the school soliciting donations of new pajamas in any baby or child size. Read the rest of this entry »
November 12th, 2013
Leal families and friends are invited to the school’s annual Multicultural Arts Night on Friday, November 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
The night features international tables with various sights, sounds, and flavors; and locally-based artists performing Jewish cultural songs, India meets Brazil fusion, African harp, Latin American songs, and Neo-American roots music.
This event is sponsored by the Leal School PTA. For more information, please visit their web site at: http://www.lealschoolpta.com/.
November 9th, 2013
Some Leal students were in the audience for a special performance of Los Condenados Huastecos (the condemned hustaecos), a Chicago-based trio made up of Alex Chávez, Carlos García, and Juan Rivera. The group specializes in the son huasteco music of Mexico’s central gulf coast region. The trio was there to help the dual-language Leal students celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Read the rest of this entry »
October 31st, 2013
Leal Elementary School kicked off its CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) effort recently with several lively and well-attended events.
CATCH is an initiative developed in response to the increasing rates of obesity and health issues among children in the U.S. A number of schools in Champaign County already use CATCH, and several Urbana schools are in the process of adopting CATCH. The premise of CATCH is that our environment rewards many unhealthy behaviors (such as cheap super-sized fast food meals, and a variety of video games and cartoons available any time), which makes it easy to engage in these unhealthy behaviors. With CATCH, schools change the environment to make it easy and fun to make good nutrition and physical activity choices. CATCH helps schools create systematic and consistent health messages and practices in P.E. class, in the classroom, in the cafeteria, at home, and in the community.
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October 25th, 2013
Tiffany Clark’s 4th grade class held an Open House on Thursday, October 17 to showcase its local history project. In September, the students visited the Urbana Free Library Archives several times to conduct research. The students found the year that their house was built. Then, they proceeded to find news events from that year using microfilm, books, and texts. Of particular interest, were the photographs of Urbana from the early 20th century. The third component of the project was writing a short history of each student’s family. Tracy Pines, a Leal parent, worked with the students, teaching them about graphic design. Each student created a 3-D display model which showed the historical timeframe of the house and the history of the family.
This project was funded by the American History Teacher Collaborative.
October 23rd, 2013
Following programs such as Walk to School Day, the sponsoring organization likes to collect data from parents to help measure the impact of Walk to School Day activities on parent attitudes towards walking and bicycling. They have created a special electronic link for Leal parents to access the survey online. The survey can easily be translated into Spanish, by clicking the link, “Spanish Version/Version Espanola” at the top of the page.
The survey will close on Monday November 18th.
The data collected is shared with the National Center for Safe Routes to School and used to make decisions regarding the use of funds available for improving sidewalk, street, and intersection safety and Safe Routes to School activities.
October 18th, 2013
FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 2013
LEAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARAMARK, IS GOING “GREEN”
On Monday, October 21st, 2013 we will start a Re-usable Basket Pilot Program at Leal Elementary School. We are looking to stop using the typical 5 compartment Styrofoam tray used in School Lunch Programs across the U.S. This will have MANY benefits on our environment as well as to Urbana School District. We have shown the students our Baskets for the pilot this week and wanted to make you aware of this change at our school!!!
If you have any questions, please contact Food Service Director, Kari Perkins at 217-384-3694. Thanks!!
October 9th, 2013
5th Grade Service Club is a new project at Leal this fall. The club was designed by 5th grade teacher, Carol Smith, to provide opportunities for students to volunteer for service jobs that benefit Leal School. Deborah Poblano and Beth Mears assist Mrs. Smith in managing the club. Students work one or two days each week during lunch recess on a variety of tasks – recycling, sharpening pencils, cleaning whiteboards, picking up trash, and helping younger students study math facts or practice reading. Mrs. Smith would like to expand the activities of the club to include community projects – such as making decorations for the UHS Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
The group holds a meeting once each month; new jobs are chosen at that time. Any 5th grade student is welcome to join the club. A signed permission form is required.
The students and staff of Leal School are very appreciative of the efforts of our 5th grade students.
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