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Silent Auction
April 21, 2017

Last chance to buy discounted tickets to the UPark Silent Auction!

Buy tickets TODAY for $30, click  HERE.  This price is good until Friday, April 7th at midnight.  After that, the price increases to $40.

Event Details:
  • When:  Friday, April 21st from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Where:  The Gold Club above Magness Arena at the University of Denver 
  • Why:  It's Fun and All Proceeds Benefit UPark 
  • What:  Dinner, laughter, community, cash bar and fun games, auction items only available at the live event including: Class Art Projects, Teacher and Parent Hosted Experiences, One of a Kind Art and Much More!
  • Cost:  $30 (price increases to $40 on April 8th)
Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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


Please join us on Tuesday, April 11th at 6pm for a special presentation on education funding from the advocacy group, Great Education Colorado.  We will meet in the  UPark Auditorium to learn more about the K-12 education funding deficit in Colorado and how we can work together to fix the problem.   This presentation is open to the community, so please spread the  word with friends and neighbors who might be interested.  Click   HERE for more details.  If you plan to attend, let us know HERE.  Thank you!

Class Pictures Tomorrow!
Friday, April 7th

If you are ordering a class picture, please have your child return the order form to their teacher tomorrow morning.
Meet New Parents & Enjoy L unch

The start of UPark's online auction is only one week away! We need help organizing items on Tuesday, April 11th from 9:15am - noon.  This is a fun morning and a great way to meet new parents.  Enjoy a free lunch while helping out!

Where:  Julia Gold's Home at  2615 S Monroe Street
Click HERE to sign up.  List your name in column B.  Thank you!
Bicycle Help

Do you know how to assemble a bicycle?  We need your help!  

A cool cruiser bicycle was donated to the UPark auction, but it needs to be assembled.  If you have the skills and tools to help us, email Dana O'Connor.  Thank you!
Silent Auction - First Timers

Are you attending the auction for the first time?  Are you new to UPark?  Just looking to meet new people?  Join other UPark families for a pre-auction cocktail and break the ice.  Join us and make new friends before heading to the auction.
Friday, April 21 at 5:30 PM
Asbury Provisions
2043 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80210
Please RSVP to Melissa Gray.
Free Cake!

"Nothing Bundt Cakes" is providing dessert for the UPark Silent Auction.  They have been great supporters of UPark and are offering our community a free bundlet.  Bring this FLYER in to pick up your free cake.  

Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at  1685 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite #Q3
Restaurant Night
Thursday, April 20th from 5-8pm

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
2720 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, 80222
University Hills,  (303) 974-6261

Potbelly will donate 25% of all sales to UPark!
Spelling Bee

It's time for the UPark School Wide Spelling Bee!
Teachers in 1st-5th grades are distributing spelling word lists this week to students interested in participating. 

All classroom spelling bees will take place by Friday, May 5th.  Once classrooms in each grade level have completed their bees, I will hold a grade level spelling bee in my classroom for each grade level's TOP 15 students on Thursday, May 11th or Friday, May 12th.  The TOP FIVE from each grade level spelling bee will then participate in the school wide spelling bee on Wednesday, May 24th from 4:30-6:00PM!

A link to all grade level spelling lists is HERE.   If you have any questions, send me an  EMAIL
Thank you and Happy Spelling! 
Heather Wise, UPark GT Teacher 
University Park Community Council

Our school is located in a neighborhood with a very active neighborhood association, The University Park Community Council (UPCC).

UPCC is working with Denver Transportation and Mobility to pinpoint areas of safety concern and areas of safety excellence.  If you have experienced a close call, noticed troublesome areas for pedestrians and bicyclists, or an unsafe intersection, please let Denver Vision Zero know HERE by April 30th.  

Let's keep areas around UPark safe for walking and bicycling, thank you!

Band Camp

If you want to join band next year, learn a new instrument over the summer or keep growing your skills, this is your chance!  Please visit the Big As Life Website for contact Christmas for more information.
Staffing Updates

We have hired three teachers for the 2017-18 school year.  Please welcome them as they join the UPark Team!

Tyler Joyce will join our Kindergarten Team.  He is currently finishing his fourth year teaching in Columbus, OH.

Rachael Kaplan will join our 2nd Grade Team.  She is currently finishing her student teaching here at UPark. 

Dana Jackett will join our 3rd Grade Team.  Dana currently teaches 3rd Grade at Grant Ranch (in DPS). 

University Park Elementary Calendar

3 ways to access calendar information! Go to the University Park Website,  click on the CALENDAR ICON, or look below!  
*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).
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:  Adrianna Panella, Emerson Cord, Chris Trujillo, Charlotte Mahlin, Harrison Hemenway, Chloe Huffman, Chase Cestra, Dawensley Hornak, Shyla Trinen, Lujain Zayed, Juliette Rusin, Owen Fairchild, Devin Vest-Moore, Albert Rees, Eilee Brutsch, Luke Vialpando, Harrison Marino, Sheridan Wetherall, Rhyden Stiltner, Connor Spiegel, Charlie Gold, Matthew Lee, Kaiden Enloe, Declan Todd, Sadie Woglom, John Paul Merkle, Milo Pollack, and Ari Fillerup.

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.