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Principal Update:
As we head into the winter months, we prepare for more inclement weather during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times.  We had our first taste of winter weather last month, which caused some confusion as to where parents should drop off students.  If the weather is extremely cold and/or snowy, students will meet in the gym rather than out on the playground.  Because of space constraints, we ask parents not to stay with students once they are safely dropped off in the gym.  Doors 3, 5, and 9 will be open from 8:40am-9:00am for inclement weather drop off.  Any late drop offs will need to go through door 3 after buzzing into the office.  All doors are labeled at the school, but please feel free to click HERE to see door locations on our school map.

If there is extreme inclement weather or other safety concerns during pick up time, parents will be required to come into the building and pick up students from the classroom.  To the best of our ability, we will send an email/phone call to let families know this is going to take place.

In addition, the east side of St. Paul, in front of the school, is a loading zone only between 7am-5pm, Monday through Friday.  Please consider this when you are making arrangements to volunteer, watch a performance, or attend other school functions during those hours.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our UPark Satisfaction Survey.  I'm looking forward to reviewing the results and discussing them further in next week's newsletter.
Grant Varveris

Team UPark

PTA & CSC News:



Orange Theory Fitness (Cherry Hills Studio - 5010 E Hampden), a UPark family business, would like to recognize the volunteers and staff of UPark and are giving away a free month of classes and a gift basket to one volunteer and one staff member.  To enter, please send an email to uparkpta@gmail.com with "Orange Theory - volunteer" in the subject line if you have volunteered this year and "Orange Theory - staff" in the subject line if you are a teacher or other staff member.  You will be entered in a drawing to be held on Monday, December 15. 


Don't forget to support UPark while shopping this holiday season.  Learn more about how to earn money for UPark through using a Target card, grocery card, or Amazon Smile here: http://uparkelementary.org/get-involved/shop-support-upark/.

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,


Paid Enrichment Program Sign up are 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.


Important Information:

  • Enrichment sign up will be open through 1/9
  • The next FREE enrichment sign up will be on 12/11 through the U Park Newsletter for classes starting the week of 1/12


If you have any questions and or concerns, please feel free to email me at OMID_AMINI@dpsk12.org. Or you can reach me during business hours at (303)241-7938.

Restaurant Night and a Band Performance
Wednesday, December 10
  • UPark band will perform at Barnes and Noble at 6:00pm (960 S. Colorado Blvd)
  • Eat at Tokyo Joe's next door from 4:00-8:30pm
  • Money rasied from both events will be used to support the UPark Band!

Click here if you can't attend and want to support UPark Band by purchasing books from Barnes and Noble.

Would you like to volunteer?

Jump Rope for Heart is just around the corner.  Mrs. Hartin is looking for any parent volunteers that would be available to help in planning, event day, donation collection or distribution of prizes.  Please contact Mrs. Hartin at tracy_hartin@dpsk12.org or call (720)424-3427 if you are interested.

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: Tasnim Boukhris, Aaralyn Gonzalez, Juliette Rusin, Isabella Cardoza, Adeshina Alassani, Bennett Ruchaber, Myles Ayala, Julia Garfinkel, Mira DeZeeuw Spencer, Ali Yassin, Aspen Chaidez, Dax Johnson, Luke Combs, Kate Hauhuth, Lucinda Noble, Georgia Overton, Ivy Bieker, Lilly D'Hondt, Teagan Moran, Star Rivera, Kira Smith, Grace McFarland, Ahni Lazaroff, Carter Wasson, William Fleet, Gus Thorpe, Isabella Margolin, Bella Bruns, Maddie Groth, Lorenzo Mitchell, Josh Elmer and Nathaniel Halloway



The Semantics team has been working really hard in preparation for their first spelling bee on Thursday, December 11th! Please wish them luck in the coming week!

Can You Help Secure Auction Items?

The Upark Silent Auction is only three  months away and we need help securing items.  If you have 30 minutes a week over the next 8 weeks and a computer, you can help.  We need help soliciting vendors via email and online forms and it can be done any time of day. We have a lists ready to hand over.  Please consider this simple way to help UPark.  Email Dana O'Connor for more information at dana@euphoriafit.com.

It's not too late to participate in the 12th Annual Adopt-A Family program at University Park.  Please click here for more information.
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