2300 S. St. Paul St., Denver, CO 80210


All clothing and items in lost and found (located in the cafeteria) will be donated on Friday December 19th at 4pm. 


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Principal Update:


Thank you to everyone who filled out the UPark Satisfaction Survey.  As the school's new principal, your responses and comments provided valuable insight.  One common theme from the feedback was the desire for families to understand how and when they should receive communication from students' homeroom teachers.   Currently, we know that all teachers do reach out to the classroom families, although this communication looks different from teacher to teacher.  In working with the CSC, our goal is to create a communication policy that outlines the minimum amount of teacher communication you should expect during the school year, and what that communication should entail.  We want to come up with a policy that honors and respects the individual personalities of our staff, while ensuring all families receive the same basic information from their students' teachers year-to-year.  I have been working with the staff since the beginning of school to understand all the different ways we communicate today, and will continue to work with our staff, Senior Leadership Team, and CSC to form some guidelines that will make communication even easier for our staff and parents.  Please click SURVEY RESULTS to see the rest of the data from the survey.


On another note, the Winter Holidays are approaching quickly.  I have seen what a generous community we have through the donations to our Apple Campaign and the amount of volunteer hours spent at, and for, the school.  I've witnessed the daily care and compassion from students and families towards others as I walk through the halls, visit classrooms, and spend time on the blacktop before and after school.  Reflecting upon this generosity, I'd like to continue a personal tradition I started in 2009 and respectfully refrain from receiving any holiday gifts.  I am grateful for your well wishes and feel truly fortunate for all that I have.  For those that are filled with the spirit of giving, please feel free to make a donation to any charity that is important to you and your family in lieu of any gifts for me.  


Grant Varveris

Team UPark

PTA & CSC News:




Thank you to everyone who attended last week's PTA meeting.  Meeting minutes are available here.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 13th at 6 pm in the auditorium.  Ms. Foster and a representative from Common Sense Media will present on raising media-smart kids (regulating family media use, internet filtering, cyberbullying, educational websites, etc).  All are welcome, and we will provide free childcare.

There is still time to enter the drawing for one free month of Orange Theory Fitness and a gift basket.  Just email uparkpta@gmail.com with "Orange Theory - volunteer" in the subject line.  The drawing will be Monday, December 15 at 5 pm, and you will be notified by email if you win.  Thank you, Orange Theory Cherry Hills for recognizing our volunteers and staff! 




Last week, Superintendent Tom Boasberg held a parent forum where his team presented on "The Whole Child and Personal Success Factors."  Based on the latest educational research, the concept is to incorporate 7 key personal success factors into a child's everyday learning experience - Curiosity, Gratitude, Grit, Optimism, Self-Control, Social Intelligence, and Zest.  As this language becomes more commonplace in the classrooms, we wanted to make sure our families had access to the information on how these personal success factors can make a difference in a student's overall learning experience.  Please click PERSONAL SUCCESS FACTORS to find out more.  


CSC Minutes


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


University Park Elementary

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


Dear Parents,


FREE Enrichment Program Sign up is here! Please click here for the Free Course Catalog and please click here for Free Course sign up for enrichment courses that start January 2015.


PAID Enrichment Program Sign up is here!  We offer a variety of paid courses; please click Course Catalog for information and please click here to sign up for paid Enrichment courses that start January 2015.


If you have any questions and or concerns, please feel free to email Omid Amini  or you can reach him during business hours at (303)241-7938.


Announcing the 2015 University Park Elementary Silent Auction!  This event will be 6:00 pm Thursday, March 5, 2015 at The University of Denver.  Yes, you saw that right.  The auction will be on a THURSDAY and at The University of Denver.  We are so excited about our new day and venue - Gold Room and Marion Gottesfeld Room on the DU campus...actually in the gold spire!  Keep your owl eyes peeled for more details and how to buy tickets!  Mark your calendar today.  You won't want to miss it!                

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:  Nick Neuhalfen, Jake Kammerzell, Preston Brooks, Adrian Santaella, Hannah Shigio, Maymun Ibn-Muhammad, Christian Post, Preslie Holmes, Adrian Beach, Maria Elgadi, Jack Carmichael, Claire Robinson, Alex Locia-Anota, Clara Johnson, Charlotte Mahlin, Ben Slater, Emerson DeZeeuw Spencer,Delaney Muilenburg, Ahmed Saleh, Arny Zeman, Finnegan Hauhuth, Bailey Atkinson, Bauer Bodhaine, Marina Orosco, Amara Moreno, Max Newcomb, Simon Feuerborn, Stephanie Litman, Vincent Ni, Frankie Jackson and Keesun Jackson.



Student Council News:

Thank you to all who donated to our University Park Elementary School Coat Drive. The students delivered the first shipment of coats on November 21st to the Brandon House Women's Shelter. They received a tour of the facility and were impressed with the services provided and the participation of the residents.

The Coat Drive will continue through December 19 to provide additional coats for the families in need at the shelter.

Did you miss the Barnes & Noble Night on the 10th?
No worries! You can still stop by any Barnes & Noble nationwide or order online until December 16th for our school to get credit. Use code # 11523313 at checkout.  Thanks for supporting Band at UPark!  Click here for more information on the night.
Thursday Extras
This is where you will find a list of flyers that DPS or approved organizations have asked we pass out to our community.  Simply click on the flyer name to view in its entirety.  Please check outside the office if you need a hard copy.

"Instruction ends in the school-room, but education ends only with life."

- Frederick W. Robertson