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Thank you to all of our families for your ongoing support. As we head into the Thanksgiving Break, I want to thank every student, family and staff member for their hard work. I truly enjoy working with each and every one of you. On the heels of parent teacher conferences and report cards, I have started to think about what kinds of additions we can make to report cards to make the process more informative, engaging and interactive. We have scheduled two parent focus groups the week we get back from Thanksgiving Break. The groups will take place Wednesday, November 30th from 9am-10am or 4pm -5pm. If you would like to be involved in helping me think through additions to the report cards the district currently uses, please email me which group you would like to join at

Thank you,
Grant Varveris
Team UPark

*Don't forget to download the UPark App  here!


Do you have a UPark King Soopers Gift Card loaded and ready to go for your holiday food shopping? If not, please email us at, and let us know how many cards you would  like. We will deliver them to you ASAP.

For those folks that already have a UPark King Soopers Gift Card  don't forget to use them for your grocery shopping and gas  purchases at King Soopers gas stations and Loaf N' Jug stores.  The UPark PTA receives 5% back from King Soopers on all  purchases made with these cards. The cards come with $2.50  pre-loaded and you can add money to them with  the cashier before you check out. Then use the gift card to pay for  your groceries and the UPark PTA will receive 5% back on your  purchase. How easy is that!  Thanks as always for supporting our school!

We wish all UPark families a fun and happy Thanksgiving!

Adopt-A-Family Program

University Park would like to invite all interested community members to participate in our 14th annual holiday Adopt-A-Family Program. For more information on getting involved please click here.

Multicultural Night

Calling all eaters! Calling all chefs! Calling ALL Families!
It is time for a feast for friendship and family. It is time for our annual Multicultural Night. This year we are changing the format to an evening of connection and camaraderie. We will share dinner together at University Park from 5:30-7:00 on Wednesday, December 7th.

Tom Boasberg, DPS Superintendent, said:
Education can help us bridge our differences and can help bring us together around respect and understanding rather than fear. It is through education that we can better understand our past and grapple with the issues of today, including those that are dividing us.

We will have conversation starters on all the tables and ask that you come with an open mind, open heart, and hungry stomach. 
Please plan to bring a dish to share (12-15 servings). Let us know what your dish is here We also need help setting up, cleaning up and serving. Sign up to help here.

Save the Date for the 2017 University Park Auction!!!
The 2017 University Park Elementary Silent Auction Live Event will be the evening of Friday, April 21, 2017 at The University of Denver. This fun event is in the Gold Room and Marion Gottesfeld Room (the gold spire at DU) on the DU campus. In addition to the live event, the online auction will be held the week leading up to April 21st. More details, how to support the event and how to buy tickets will be communicated in the weeks to come, but mark your calendar today. 

Scholastic Book Fair

School Book Fair
Today and tomorrow are the last days to shop the Fall Book Fair. Come by the library today from 3:45-6:00 pm or tomorrow from 8:00-9:00 am. Tomorrow (11/18) the book fair will close promptly at 9:00 and will not be opened after school. You can still shop the online book fair through November 27th.
Online Book Fair
University Park Elementary's online Book Fair  runs until November 27. Find Book Fair information and purchase books online  here. Download the free app to make shopping easy! 
Use this opportunity to keep your kids' enthusiasm for reading alive! If you have any questions, please contact  Kathleen Von Stein. Remember that every book you purchase benefits our school!

UPark school tours have started!

Let your friends and neighbors know that if they would like to learn more about this amazing little school they just need to sign up for a tour. See below for tour dates and times. Call the main office at 720-424-3410 to RSVP.
  • Friday, December, 2nd - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Friday, December, 9th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 7th - Open House...stop by between 9 and 11
  • Friday, January 13th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Friday, January 20th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Friday, January 27th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm

Registration for Winter Session Enrichments is OPEN!
To see the online course catalog, click here!
To register, click here!
Discovery Camps @ Slavens: 12/22, 12/27-12/28, 1/3-1/6
To register, click here.
Questions? Contact or call 720-424-3417.

University Park Elementary Calendar

3 ways to access calendar information! Go to the University Park Website,  click on the CALENDAR ICON, or look below!  


5 Star Wizard Hat Students

Congratulations to last week's 5 Star Wizard Hat students! They were recognized by their teachers for positive behavior. 

Last week's students include: Connor Spiegel, Qoteda Elgadi, Zander Chao, Zia Jones, Mary Jane Murphy, Ethan Hale, Sfwan Bendawi, Alex Inghilterra, Jack Billingsley, Max Grimes, Ben Davis, Daniella Starks, Lifko Cuyul, Owen Becker, Isabella Figueroa, Julia Elsner, Avery Pollock, Isobel Erickson-Solonika, Evan Petrucelli, Hudsyn Hargis, Jackson Trinen, Waker Baldwin, Cooper Bullock, Jules Cohn, Luke Yeh, Mohamed Shukry, Spencer Posey, Finn Donahue, Holly Mugisha, William Bollmann.

Wizard Hats are given throughout UPark to celebrate students' good choices and positive behavior. We use a common vocabulary and teach Critical Thinking skills using the BrainWise curriculum.    Each week there is a random drawing of 2 students done by classroom teachers. These children are photographed and receive a token of our appreciation. 

*At the end of each month we will be donating all clothing in the lost and found and anything left in the halls(all clothing will go into our little red school house in our parking lot).