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Table of Contents 


PrincipalSilent Auction
Book Fair
Neighborhood Center
Wizard Hats
Jump Rope
Lunch MoneyCalendar
PJ Day update


Principal Update:


Please be considerate of the neighboring church and do not walk the private property between the church and their garage.  The noise becomes disruptive when mass is held during the day and it is also a safety issue for the church. Thank you for your cooperation.


Grant Varveris

Team UPark
*State Assessment Testing weeks of March 9th and March 16th.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments and vacations as all students are expected to be present during testing.



PTA & CSC News
Thank you to everyone who came to last week's PTA meeting.  You can see the meeting minutes HERE Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 3 at 6 pm.  
The CSC reviewed and approved the 2015-16 budget during last week's meeting.  DPS has projected next year's student enrollment to decrease by about 15 students, causing a budget reduction close to $60K.  The CSC approved the following plan to balance the budget in light of the reductions:
  • With the retirement of Mary Foster, the 1.0 Technology Teacher position will become a .5 blended learning/personalized coach.  The new position is still being crafted by Principal Varveris and the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Our Social Worker will move from 5 to 4 days per week.
  • Administrative Support for mandatory observations moves from .5 to zero.

Unfortunately, the decrease in budget cannot be backfilled by PTA funds.  However, PTA contributions become even more critical to maintain the high level of para, teacher and student support.



For more in depth information on the budget, please review in the CSC Minutes from last week.


Silent Auction News

TICKETS ON SALE NOW to the 2015 University Park Silent Auction - 6:00 pm Thursday, March 5, 2015 at The University of Denver. Tickets only $30 and include light fare, refreshments and cash bar. The ONLY way to purchase tickets this year is ONLINE - then your credit card is ready to go for both the online auction AND the auction at the Silent Auction Party.  


Questions? Learn more about the Silent Auction here.


Student Art at the Silent Auction
With the help of a few creative and resourceful parents, University Park students in each grade are creating one-of-a-kind art pieces for the Auction.   These items will only be available to see and bid on at the LIVE Auction/Party (in addition to many other fabulous things) so buy your tickets today.

Jump Rope for Heart

Donations are due next week!  Jump Rope For Heart will take place February 18-20 during PE class.  Please make sure all donations get turned in to Mrs. Hartin on the day of the event.  If at all possible, please consolidate any cash and write one check to the American Heart Association.  Prizes will be ordered and be ready to hand out in early March.  THANK YOU FOR BEING A HEART HERO!



Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging a­nd affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.


We need your help!  Sign up HERE to volunteer.


Book Fair dates: February 23, 2015 - February 27, 2015

Shopping hours: 8:00am - 8:55am and 4:00pm - 5:00pm all week (Monday - Friday)

Location: Library



A friendly reminder that breakfast is free to all DPS students and lunch is only $1.60.


Meal payments may be made with check/cash and left with the office staff. Also, payments may be prepaid at Parents find it helpful to set an automatic amount to be charged to their credit card on this payment system.




University Park Elementary

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


  • French Club on Tuesday, March 3 is canceled because of a scheduling conflict.
  • Spring Session 4 classes start the week of 4/5.
  • Please keep an eye out in the newsletter for the course catalog and registration coming soon!
  • Check out the Girl Scout Cookie information in the Thursday Extras section.  We are excited to have a girl scout troop as part of the Neighborhood Center!


  •  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:  Jianing Jin, Parker Stack, Anne Zheng, Alex Locia-Anota, Geronimo Romero, Nicholas Buchenau, Lilly D'Hondt, Ben Davis, Alvir Keranovic, Natalie Rusin, Ben Morrow, Theodore Rogala, Jeremiah Bridges, Alex Kohn, Joey Lera, Noah Johnson, Addison Blackwood, Olivia Babbitt, Gus Thorpe, Andre Campbell, James Mason, Ava Rogala, Emma Carpenter, Lorenzo Mitchell, Domanick Casanova, Sam McPherson, Britany Rivas, James Merkle, August Reichert and Danlu Li




A Successful PJ Day!

A huge thank you to all of University Park Students who participated in PJ day and brought food and cash donations!
  • University Park collected 705 food items!
  • Participating schools collected over 2,400 pounds of canned food just on the first day!
  • University Park raised $105.30!
  • Donations support shelter, housing, job training, mental health and support services for the homeless.
Thanks to our 5th Student Council who did a great job organizing the Food Drive!