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How Denver Schools Get and Spend Money

Every school year, our school leaders and educators have the incredible mission of guiding students toward success. Just as we know every student and school community is unique, every school's budget looks a little different, too.  Denver Public Schools have the freedom to craft budgets and programs in a way they see best for their unique community.  So, how do schools get money -- and spend money -- in DPS? Put simply: Money follows students, no matter which school they attend.

Click here to watch DPS' How Denver Schools Get and Spend Money video for more information.

Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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


Wellness Committee Meeting
Monday, February 6th at 9am in the Art Room 
Interested in sharing your wellness passion and knowledge?  Please join us!

PTA Meeting -  February 14th at 9:15am in the Art Room
We welcome all parents and staff to attend!  You don't have to be a member to attend and participate.

Don't forget to reload and use your King Soopers Grocery Cards!  We are
halfway to our goal of raising $12,000 through the King Soopers Grocery Card
Program.  We need your help to make our goal.  PLEASE remember to reload your card before checking out.  You can also use your King Soopers card to buy gas at King Soopers, City Market and Loaf and Jug gas stations.  This is the easiest way to give  back to UPark's fundraising efforts to keep our class sizes low!  Send us an email if you don't have a King Soopers Card or need a new one.
Girls on the Run

Don't miss the next season of Girls on the Run! 

The Girls on the Run Program begins the week of March 6th and goes through May 15th.  Please register HERE.  If you have questions, c ontact Ann.

Family Math Pizza Dinner Night 
February 9th 5:00-7:00 (New Time)
Join us for a free pizza dinner in the cafeteria from 5:00-5:30 BEFORE math night!!!  Thank you PTA!!
Please RSVP in this FORM.  
The schedule, list of activities and presentations is listed HERE.  We look forward to seeing you!

Restaurant Night

Take a night off from cooking and support UPark! 

Thursday, February 16th, 5-9pm

Panda Express on Broadway & Cornell
2990 S. Broadway, Englewood 80113
20% of sales will go to UPark!

Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 13-17

UPark supports kindness in our school.  To show this, we will have a week dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness.

Monday, February 13:    Compliment Day 
Find the "Compliment Wall" and leave someone a nice note!

Tuesday, February 14:  Thank You Note Day
Write someone a thank you note.

Wednesday, February 15: High Five Day
See someone going above and beyond? Give them a high five to thank them for their kindness!

Thursday, February 16: Positive Notes Day
Be on the lookout for positive notes and pictures around the school.

Friday, February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
What can YOU do to put a smile on someone's face?

We hope these activities will continue to grow kindness in our community.

Thank you,
UPark Student Council

DU Basketball Night

DU Basketball Night  (Pioneers vs. Western Illinois)   Please join in support of the UPark Band Program as our students perform with the DU Pep Band on February 22nd at 7 p.m.  Our students will be joining forces with Slavens K-8 and Most Precious Blood Catholic School bands. Fundraising for each school will be kept separate.
Please fill out the attached ticket order FORM and bring it to the front office to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $12 and purchases will help us raise funds for scholarships and growing our band program.  
Invite friends and family for a fun night of basketball and music!  Please contact Christmas with any questions.
Drop Off / Pick Up Reminder

At UPark we are a friendly neighbor to those around us.  
In an effort to continue this, please remember not to park 
in the alley during drop off and pick up.  T his is not only a safety issue, but it blocks driveways when neighbors are trying to get in and out.  

Morning Kiss 'n Go is located on the  east side of South St. Paul Street by the playground.  It is a great option!  

UPark Crayola ColorCycle Program - Update

We're excited to tell  you about our success!  So far, we have collected 1,206 dried out markers.  When these markers are turned into energy they can produce 4 gallons of fuel or provide enough fuel to move a city bus 6 miles or make 150 breakfasts. 

Instead of throwing those old markers away, bring them to school!  We will continue our collection through the end of the school year.  For more information, visit the ColorCycle program at
Evan Petrucelli - 5th Grade
Britany Rivas Pinedo - 5th Grade                                                                                                           
Green Team

Waste FREE Wednesday Lunch

UPark's Student Green Team is working hard to reduce "landfill" trash!  Please help by packing lunch with washable, reusable or compostable containers on Wednesdays or once a week.  

Our lunchroom has a compost can for food scraps and napkins.  We hope to avoid using plastic baggies and wrappers.   UPark students have seen sample Waste Free Lunchboxes.  Here is a   PICTURE  showing how to pack a Waste Free Lunchbox.

Thank you for being "GREEN".

Band Camp

If you want to join  band  next year, learn a new instrument over the summer or keep growing your skills, this is your chance!  3rd-8th graders can join us for  Summer   Band  Camp to learn how to play the flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, saxophone, trombone, tuba or drums (and for daily water balloon fights)!   You don't need to know how to play an instrument and you can rent an instrument for just $20!  We will have a blast learning how to express the music inside us that is just waiting to get out!  
These all day (9-3 p.m.), week-long camps are taught by DPS University Park and Slavens K-8 Band Director, Ms. Christmas.  We will provide your child with a fabulous start on their musical journey.  Each camp has a different theme, but you will learn to play an instrument at any of them. 
Our camps this year are:
Rock Band (June 5th-9th)
World Music - Russia and Ireland (June 26th-June 30th)
Summer Blues (July 10th-14th)
Contact  Christmas with any questions and visit  Big As Life Music to read the full camp description and register!

Market Your Business or Place of Work While Supporting UPark: Donate to the UPark Auction

The UPark Annual Auction begins Thursday, April 13th (online) and ends with a live event on Friday, April 21st.  Planning is in full swing and we are looking for businesses or families to support UPark through donating or sponsoring the event.
We are looking for the following items:
  • Sponsors for wine pull or other aspects of the event (can be a family or businesses)
  • Gift cards
  • Certificates for services
  • Gift baskets
  • Retail items
  • Any other type of donations you might have!
  • Bottles of wine (any vintage/varietal/price point)  
Donations can be left in the front office or email the Auction Committee.
to coordinate a drop off or pick up.
Click HERE to learn more about the UPark Auction or email the   Auction Committee with any questions.

Silent Auction

Hello UPark Families,

Parents are what make the auction a success and we need YOUR help. The Parent/Family Experiences are the highest grossing part of the auction!  

The committee is looking to add some new and exciting events. We need your help. Would you be willing to host an event on your own or with one or more families?  Do you have connections to a service, facility, distributor, or store you can use to host a Parent/Family experience?  These events are fun and easy! 
Click here for examples of Parent/Family Experiences.  

If you have any questions, have an item to donate or would like to talk about hosting an event, email us here.

PLEASE consider participating in an experience.  Experiences are a ton of fun and an excuse to have a party in the name of fundraising for our wonderful school.
Thank you for your consideration,
The Parent/Family Experience Committee

Support the Whole Child

Thursday, February 9th  
See attached in English, Español, Francais, and  Arabic


Winter Enrichment Classes that End Early:

Enrichment                       Last Class
Yoga (T)                              1/31
Pottery                                 2/6
Yoga (R)                              2/9

Important Spring Enrichment Dates:

Enrichment Brochures: Monday, February 6th at 3:45pm

Registration: Tuesday, February 21st at 10am

Spring Session Begins: Monday, March 6th 
Pictured Left:  Isobel Erickson-Solinka (4th Grade) and Avery Pollack (5th Grade) teach an Improv class to a group of Discovery Link students.

Pictured Right:  The Fencing Enrichment on Monday afternoons introduces students to the sport of fencing.  Students learn the fundamentals of fencing in a safe and fun environment.

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:  Cam Lewis, Chris Trujillo, Rafan Dinata, Delaney Muilenburg, Skylar Gold, Alex Inghilterra, Salvador Aceves, Jaymes Keenan, Max Henze, Juliette Rusin, Aquoia Mosteller, Dillon Dibianca, Malcolm Schleicher, Saheim Bates, Logan Stow, Ben Bignell, Frankie Jackson, Finola White, Shyla Trinen, Kyle Guiterrez-Carrasco, Ella Sudar, Madelyn Combs, Annika Morton, Patrick Monahan, Qoteda Elgadi, Tyler Dolan, Der'eon Ames, Harry Hemenway, Annabella Ruchaber and Abigail Belenky.  

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).