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While you're in the spirit of giving this season, please don't forget the Apple Campaign! The PTA's Apple Campaign did not raise its $70,000 goal by October 31, so if you forgot to write a check or go online to donate, IT'S NOT TOO LATE!  You can bring checks made payable to UPark PTA to the box in the office.
Your donation directly impacts our students by helping UPark pay for two teachers and two paraprofessionals, keeping our class sizes small.  Thank you to the PTA and our families who contribute to this important fundraiser at whatever level is meaningful to them. Contributions are anonymous and tax deductible for 2016 if you get them in before the end of the year!

Thank you,
Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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

Multicultural Night

It is time for our annual Multicultural Night. This year we are changing the format to an evening of connection and camaraderie. We will be eating dinner together at University Park on December 7th from 5:30-7:00 as a community.
We will have conversation starters on all the tables and ask that you come with an open mind, open heart, and hungry stomach.  Please plan to bring a dish to share (12-15 servings). 

Please sign up here to let us know what dish you are bringing to share.

Our generous PTA is also providing us with additional food so it is certain to be a delicious meal! We look forward to seeing you all!

Spare a Gift Card for the UPark Auction?

The UPark Auction is not until next spring but planning is already in the works and you can help now! When purchasing gift cards for your friends and loved ones this holiday season, please consider picking up an extra card of any amount to donate to the silent auction. Cards can be left in the front office. Thank you in advance!

Drop Off & Pick Up Safety: Champion the Effort
Drop off and pick up safety in and around the school is of the utmost importance to the entire UPark community. We are looking for someone to be a representative of the school and work with the University Park Community Council (UPCC), the City of Denver, our immediate school community and nearby residents to look at safer ways to approach this topic and be a voice/representative of the school when/if the City has
plans to make changes to our immediate area. If interested, email

Student Council

Dear Parents/Guardians of UPark Students,
Every month Student Council will put together a newsletter informing families of events and activities. To begin, in the month of November we put together a spirit week. Thank you to everybody who participated and we look forward to planning more spirit weeks in the future. We also planned a tolerance activity for fifth grade during lunch. Students and teachers sat at different lunch tables and the purpose of this activity was for students to meet new people and step out of their comfort zone. We are looking forward to doing this for every grade as the year goes on. Finally, in the month of December, we are going to work on planning a winter clothing drive that will take place in January.
Thank you,
UPark Student Council

Recycled Ornament Challenge

The Student Green Team challenges the UPark community to create winter decorations using only recycled materials!

Through December, students may hang 1 ornament made with recyclables in the lobby outside the main office. Students should write their name and room number on the ornament and on the grade level list next to the tree, then hang the ornament in their grade level area of the tree, Kindergarten through 5th.  Weather permitting, the "Maker" Cart will also be a place to create a decoration with recyclable. Student Green Team members will judge ornaments and give out prizes for each grade level.

UPark school tours have started!

Let your friends and neighbors know that if they would like to learn more about this amazing little school they just need to sign up for a tour. See below for tour dates and times. Call the main office at 720-424-3410 to RSVP.
  • Friday, December, 2nd - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Friday, December, 9th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 7th - Open House...stop by between 9 and 11
  • Friday, January 13th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Friday, January 20th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
  • Friday, January 27th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm
Spirit Gear

Great news! Spirit wear is here and is being sent home with your student this week! If you have any questions with the order you purchased, please send them to:


There is still space in the One Time Glass Fusing Workshop on Friday December 2nd! If you're interested in signing up your child and/or yourself please register here!    
This one time workshop is for young artists in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th, parents are also invited to create with us! Glass fusing is a popular, beautiful, and easy to learn art form.  This class will teach the basics of glass fusing in a safe, fun, and creative way. Students will create 2 beautiful holiday ornaments/window hangings that will be fired in a kiln and returned to school. The teacher, Jennifer Werner has been an art educator for DPS for the past 18 years. She currently is the visual arts teacher and yoga instructor at Asbury Elementary. Along with her teaching career she is also a professional artist with a focus on glass art. She has been working with glass and teaching classes for the past 15 years.  Please join her for an afternoon of fun, learning, and creativity.
Date of Class
Art Room
3:45pm - 5:00pm
Friday December 2nd
3rd - 5th

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: Brynn Kopera, Maxine Dokken, Sam Davis, Dillon Dibianca, Lara Olsthoorn, Avery Monden, Laudya Mikayla, Remy MacDonald, Bauer Bodhaine, Nona Slevin, Reese MacDonald, Libby Fallon, Ryan Long, Brenna Jones, William Bollmann, Michael Mifflin-Chavez, Seamus Slevin, Luciana Salgado, Amelia Babbitt, Kaden Frank, Andy Smith, Iris White, Sarah Shigio, Jack Carmichael, Laylah Martinez, Addison Blackwood, Brinley Bourke. 

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).