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I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends. We look forward to seeing you on the first day after winter break, Wednesday, January 6th.

Team UPark

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


Thank you to those who attended last week's PTA meeting.  Due to increased attendance at this meeting, we will start having more of our meetings in the morning.  Stay tuned for information about upcoming meeting times. You can see the PTA minutes HERE and the CSC minutes HERE.  Have a great Winter Break!

Would You Like to Make a Difference at UPark on February 27?  

Hello Friends & Neighbors of University Park! Your community council is teaming up with Project Helping to offer residents the opportunity to help make a difference in the neighborhood in 2016. Our first project will start at University Park Elementary School, who needs our help to paint 10 classrooms and provide some TLC in the school. We are seeking 50 volunteers to help us on Saturday, 2/27/16 from approximately 9am - 1 pm. Bring your family, friends & anyone who likes to paint. And if you can't join us, please consider a small donation to help us raise the $1,200 for paint & supplies. Click here for more details and to sign-up. THANK YOU!

Semantics Team News!

The UPark Semantics Team competed in our first district wide spelling bee last Thursday morning at Cory Elementary. WHAT A DAY! We had two team members place first and second and we had five in the Top Ten! Congratulations, UPark Owls!

First Place - Angelina Holm (4th grade)
Second Place - Olivia McDaniel (5th grade)
Other team members include fourth graders Duncan Monroe, Raphael Wieland and Sophia Homburger and fifth graders Jackson White, Vivian Kenney, Kira Smith, Laila Hilton, Julia Treusein, Grace Treusein and Andrew Keenan.

Green Team
New Zero-Waste Party Kits! 

This week Green Team students were surprised to learn that most "paper plates" (that you can't tear with your hands) have a plastic coating and can't be recycled or composted.  The UPark Student Green Team decided to put together 10 class kits full of colorful, reusable, dishwasher safe plates, cups and utensils for classroom parties and food projects. PARENT VOLUNTEERS can sign-up to wash the party supplies instead of buying them. Use this easy way to reduce the waste UPark adds to the landfill!  Kits can be checked out and returned to Ms. Cardenas in room 116. 

The students on the Green Team are also doing a Recycled Ornament Challenge to decorate the tree by room 116.

The next Student Green Team meeting is Fri, Jan. 8 at 8:15 AM


Yoga starts Thursday 1/7
KidStage Starts Friday 1/8
MARCH 1st: Make-up date for Enrichments missed due to 12/15 snow day.

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: Shyla Trinen, Ali Yassin, Gabrielle Panella, Bennett Ruchaber, Rodena Elgadi, Dillon Dibianca, Dallin Simpson. Cain Wetherall, Emerson Bieschke, Otis Metz, Giovanna Golan, Owen Alleman, Abby Heider, Wesley Tyner, Abigail Jones, Spencer Posey, Michaela Gayles, Laila Hilton, Lucy Frenkel, Ben Morrow, Morgan O'Keefe, Serrianna Safieh, Diesel Montoya, Julia Garfinkel, Gabby Santaella, Dylan Boal, Marlowe Connors, Meriah Martinez, Lily Lloyd, Zia Jones, Charile Gold, Benjamin Slater.

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).