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Have you booked your sitter for the Auction, Saturday April 23rd 6-10pm?
We hope you can join us! $30 gets you dinner, games, and of course, the chance to bid on some one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Buy your tickets today at Come for the kids.....without the kids. See you there!  

Team UPark

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


Please join us next Tuesday, April 12 at 6 pm in the library as some of our wonderful 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers present "Why Zearn?"  Not sure what that means?  Come find out and see how your child is learning math with the shifts in our new standards.  Teachers will share a typical math experience and how parents can support learning from home.  Child care will be provided, and a brief PTA meeting will follow.  Everyone is welcome!  Full agenda HERE.

Help UPark Win the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge
University Park Elementary has made the cut to the top 3 applicants in the 7th Annual 'IKEA Life Improvement Challenge' - a challenge that gives us the chance to win a makeover from IKEA Centennial.
This makeover will help us with our Room to Read Initiative which utilizes IKEA furnishings in our library and throughout the school to create safe, functional, inviting and well-designed reading nooks and spaces.
Helping us win is simple.  All you have to do is go to and vote for UPark Elementary.
You can vote once a day from March 27th until April 10th. It's that easy!

Game Plan for Success
Vote for UPark Everyday Until April 15th!

Game Plan for Success has nominated University Park Elementary School as one of three schools in the whole state to be considered for a $5,000 grant and a visit from a professional athlete.

The Game Plan for Success project chose us because of our reputation for the great work we've been doing setting high standards and coming up with a "game plan" for achieving them. In order to win the special visit we need to garner the most votes.

Help us win by voting here:
You can vote once each day until April 15th. And don't forget to tell your friends to vote too.  Thank you for your support!

ONE DAY ONLY: Contribute to the Auction and Spin the Wheel for a Prize!  (Tomorrow Morning, Friday April 8)

Our "contribute to the auction" and get a chance to Spin the Wheel for a prize was cut short by that crazy snow storm in April.  We are bringing back the wheel for ONE DAY ONLY.
If your child or family contributed to the auction but didn't get a chance to spin, please come to the wheel tomorrow and have the kids tell our volunteers to get a chance to spin.   If you have NOT yet contributed to the auction, this is your last chance. Click HERE to see the kinds of donations we're looking for.
Every spin is a winner... for both the kids and the school!
Learn more about the auction at

The Bookies Bookstore 
April 11-18 

April 11th through 18th The Bookies bookstore will give the UPark PTA a WEEK of 20% contributions to those who shop and choose to donate their discount to University Park. No coupons necessary, folks just mention University Park Elementary while checking out. Click here to check out The Bookies website. 
The Bookies
4315 E. Mississippi
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-1117
Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm
20% donation for cash purchases, 15% for credit purchases


We are very excited to let you know that our school library has been going through a transformation over the past few weeks, and we are going to celebrate the wonderful changes on Monday, April 18th at 6pm.  Mark this date on your calendars, as you and your children don't want to miss the fun!  We are having an author reading from her books, door prizes, food and drinks, and your child will be able to preview and check out some of the almost 500 new books that a school grant and the PTA have purchased for the library.  Plus, you will be able to see all of our new comfy seating areas, tables and chairs used for games and reading, AND the new computer/tech area.  More details to come......

Attention Parents of Incoming 6th Graders at Merrill Middle School!

Save the Date for Merrill's International Celebration, May 6th from 6-9 PM. 

Spring Testing Schedule

Testing season is quickly approaching and we want to make sure our 3rd-5th grade students have multiple opportunities to prepare for the PARCC tests. Click  here  for information, practice tests and more. 

Please keep in mind the weeks of April 11th, 18th, and 25th will be testing weeks. Please do not schedule appointments or vacations during these times, as all students are expected to be present during testing. Prompt arrival, not only on testing dates, will make for a stronger daily educational experience for your child.

Important dates (testing is completed in the morning and each test is approximately 60 minutes): 
CMAS PARCC (Math):  3rd - 5th grades April 12-15
CMAS PARCC (Literacy): 3rd-5th grades April 18-20
CMAS Science and Social Studies:   4th and 5th grades April 25-27


University Park is holding its first Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 14th. All proceeds will benefit the UPark Neighborhood Center. For more information click  here. To register click here.

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: Jacob Chase-Cho, Matthew Lee, Josie Goltra, Freal Sassi, Carlee Erb, Manner Stuckey, Cooper Bullock, Amelia Hall, Grace Treusein, Sindey O'Connor, Gabby Pappas, Nicholas Buchenau, Emerson Cord, Shreyas Rao, Violet Penzenstadler, Mia DeZeeuw Spencer, Gabby Santaella, Rayna Moss, Emily Steward, Luciana Salgado, Julia Treusein, Zach Alleman.

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).