Enjoy your Spring Break!

School resumes Monday, April 6th



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Spirit Gear

Class pictures

Home Tour
Neighborhood Center Wizard Hats




Principal Update


  • Believe it our not, we are already thinking about the 2015-16 school year.  Please click here for a digital copy of our University Park Student Placement Process - the process our UPark staff will follow to create next year's class lists.  Within this process is an opportunity for parents to submit a Student Information Request Form.  This optional form allows a parent to express certain learning styles and behavioral needs for his or her student.  Deadline for parent input through the Student Information Request Form is Thursday, April 9th. Please know that our ultimate goal at UPark is to create 3 well balanced classrooms at each grade level. 


  • Tracy Dodd, our wonderful Affective Needs teacher, will be retiring at the end of the year.  She will be missed.  I would like to welcome Wayne Gerke (pictured), as the new AN teacher for next year.  Wayne was born and raised in Tipton, Missouri.  He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Education at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield and taught special education in Mo. for three years before moving to Alaska.  During his 20 years in Alaska he worked for two years in a remote Yupik Eskimo village then moved to Fairbanks where he earned his Masters in Educational Leadership and held a variety of teaching and administrative positions.  Wayne moved to Denver in December of 2011 and has been the teacher for the primary Affective Needs Center at Cheltenham Elementary for the past three years.  In his free time Wayne likes to camp, travel, do home improvement projects and spend time with his daughter and son who live in Missouri.


Grant Varveris

Team UPark




*Looking ahead to next year, please click here for the 15-16 school calendar.



Home Tour

The 11th Annual University Park Home Tour will be held on Sunday, May 3rd from 11am-5pm. This is a fun, community-building event and huge fundraiser for our school.  In addition to the five beautiful homes that will be open, there will be an event at UPark featuring a local home and garden market, food trucks, bake sale and lemonade stand, activities with Master Gardeners, and more!  Please consider helping in one or all of the following ways:

  • Buy tickets!  They are on sale in the office or here.  $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the tour.  
  • Volunteer!  We need volunteers to take a 2-hour shift in a home.  It is easy, free, and if you choose to go check out the other homes, your ticket is only $10. Sign up here 
  • Pass it on! Encourage your family and friends to come out and support the school.

Thank you!

The University Park Home Tour Committee



Last Call to Show Your School Spirit!


We have a total of 10 UPark products available for purchase spread across 2 downloadable fliers - each flier contains 5 separate options. A couple things to keep in mind:

  • The grey t-shirt in the photo is FREE if you buy two items on THE SAME FLYER!
  • 10% of sales goes back to Upark!
  • Checks should be made out to UPark PTA
Order forms are available on the website as Flyer 1 & Flyer 2, or available in the office.  These forms can be downloaded, filled out, and returned to the office by Friday, March 27th at 3:45pm.  If you prefer to order online, please click here


5th Grade Parent Balarat Meeting

Please join us on April 7th at 5:30pm in the Auditorium for an overview of our upcoming trip to Balarat on April 21-22nd. A Balarat teacher will be explaining the entire two day/one night residential program. All 5th grade teachers will also be present to answer your questions.



Remember: Class pictures are Tuesday, April 7
Order forms go home today.  Return them to the office by April 7th or send it with your student on Tuesday, April 7th.  Late orders will not be accepted.


University Park Elementary

The place where students are inspired, engaged, and having fun!



Session 4 Registration:

  • Please click here to register for Paid courses.
  • Please click here to register for Free courses.
  • Course Catalog  (Please note: due to scheduling conflicts GEM has moved to Thursday's)


Session 4 Information:

  • GEM during session 4 will take place on Thursday's
  • Omniform Session 4 starts 3/26
  • Chess Club session 4 starts 4/15
  • All other courses start the week of 4/6
  • Movement Madness starts 4/10 and the first class is open to all students for free
  • All free courses are full except for Friday Abrakadoodle All Ages Art
  • Club Inventions was canceled due to not enough enrollment



Questions?  Contact Omid Amini or 303-241-7938.

University Park Elementary Calendar

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

Important dates: 

CMAS PARCC: Performance Based Assessment(Literacy and Math) 3rd - 5th grades March 9th- March 27th 2015

CMAS Science and Social Studies: 4th and 5th April 14th - May 1st 2015

CMAS PARCC: End of Year Assessment(Literacy and Math) 3rd - 5th grades April 27th - May 22nd 2015

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:  Mark Dolson, Zachary Collison, Sarah Shigio, Jake Nederveld, Charlie Davis, Dillon Dibianca, Elna Uliss, Ella Wagner, Sequoyah Matibag, Bennett Ruchaber, Isaac Rivas Pinedo, Gabby Santaella, Raphael Wieland, Ken Kojima, Daniella Starks, Duncan Monroe, Gabby Pappas, Delany Muilenburg, and Drew Finley




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).