Learning about Martin Luther King Jr.

We have spent some time digging into some complex topics related to Civil Rights and Dr. King. This is a tough but important topic to get into with little kids. The kids did well trying to wrap their minds around the injustice in our history as a country as well as how this injustice can still play out today.

Here we are joining hands as brothers and sisters, no matter our skin color!

Here are some of resources that we enjoyed as a class and some that are good for adults to educate themselves.



Meet Ms. Victoria

We are so excited to welcome Victoria Pope to our class as our student teacher this semester! Below she will tell you a little about herself!

Hi Parents,

My name is Victoria Pope. I am a senior at the University of Missouri studying early childhood education. I will be in your student’s classroom everyday starting January 21st for the full day this semester. I am very excited to get to know you, your students, the curriculum, and the school as a whole.

A little bit about me, I am an African American young woman from the south side of Chicago, IL, currently residing in the south suburbs. I have had a long-term passion for working with children, and knew I wanted to become a teacher at the age of 14. At 12, I had my first real experience working with children when I began volunteering at my home church’s nursery as a junior nurse. From then on: I have volunteered at two day cares during high school for national honor society hours, took a child development class my senior year of high school; where during the second semester, as a class, we ran a pre-school for community and faculty members’ children, baby sat family and clients’ children, worked at a daycare in 2018, worked at a church nursery in Columbia for over a year, as well as completed 3 ½ years of pre-service learning through Mizzou in Columbia Public Schools.

I have enjoyed working with all of the children I have come across, ages infant to 13, and I cherish the bonds, relationships, and learning that are developed over the course of time. I look forward to creating those bonds with your students and learning from Mrs. Layla and your students. I believe your student’s interests and intellectual capabilities will help me help, observe, and support your students growth as a learner, as well as help me grow along with your students in my teaching journey!

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to reach out to me, my email is vpope@cpsk12.org. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to a great school year!

Best regards,

Victoria Pope

Spelling Bee Update

We had our spelling bee this week! I am so proud of all the kids trying their best to spell all 25 sight words! I could tell many children put a lot of time and effort into practicing at home! I will send everyone’s paper home on Friday so you can see! Please celebrate all the words your child was able to spell correctly as well as practice any words they are still learning.

Here are the spelling bee winners! They both spelled all 25 words correctly! We did not end up needing to do a second round. So proud of these awesome spellers!

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much to everyone for my lovely birthday gift! I love it! The plants and planter are beautiful and the balloons made the day feel festive! I will enjoy spending my gift card to the Giving Gardens!

The kids were very sweet with their birthday wishes too! I enjoyed surprising them with a little polished rock as a gift! Those little cuties make everyday fun for me!

Winter Party Fun!

The winter party was “snow” much fun! We had a blast! Thank you Shawna for all the planning. Thank you to all the parents who provide treats, supplies, and helped with the set up and running of the party! You made such a special experience for the kids. Here are a few pictures of the fun!

Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone for the all the wonderful gifts and notes! I am blown away by everyone’s thoughtfulness!

Here is the gift card tree from the class! It looks so cute and I will enjoy it so much. Thanks so much to Bahar for organizing it and making the tree so beautiful!