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Please join us on Tuesday, February 9 at 6 pm in Room 203 for our next PTA meeting.  I will present the final school budget for '16-'17, and we will vote on new library book purchases to continue the recent improvements to the library.  You can see the full agenda  HERE.  All are welcome, and we will provide child care.  We hope to see you there!

Team UPark

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

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 11th 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 a ticket order form, found   here, and place it in Christmas Gainsbrugh's box in the front office. 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 at

Big as Life Music Summer Band Camp

The Big as Life Music (BALM) Summer Band Camp registration is open!   These are action and music packed, all day  (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)  week-long camps that are open to incoming 4th-8th grade students. Both beginning and advanced students are welcome!  No experience needed for beginners.
We always have a fantastic time learning and playing our instruments. Each day, we have water balloon fights, art projects, do our own research, rehearse and enjoy guest musical performances. This is a great way to keep your child playing through the summer or to get an early start for band next year.  I encourage you to sign-up soon, as all camps filled up quickly last year.
The 2016 BALM Summer Camps are:
June 6-10: Rock Band Camp
June 20-24: World Music Camp -Peru and South Africa
June 27-July 1: American Folk Music Camp
July 11- 15: Tyrannical Tunesters- Composition Camp
Go to to discover the fun things your child could be learning this summer and to register! Click here for the summer camp flyer.
Please contact Christmas Gainsbrugh with any questions.

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!

UPark Yearbook
Submit your UPark Pictures!

If anyone has any photos to submit for the yearbook, please use the UPark app or send to megbett86@gmail.comWe are looking for it all-class parties, field trips, events!

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is coming soon!  The Kick Off Assembly is on Friday, February 5th, 2016 in the afternoon. 
Parents, we are excited to kick off Jump Rope for Heart!  Your student is becoming a Heart Hero by taking care of his or her own heart, spreading the message of the American Heart Association, and raising funds for lifesaving research.  Have your student jump online at to send emails and ask for donations.  ANY STUDENT WHO GOES ONLINE AND GETS A DONATION WILL BE RECOGNIZED AND RECEIVE THE SUPER PUP AND NINJA STAR PUPPIES. Students that register at and raise at least $150.00 online BEFORE the kickoff presentation on February 5th, 2016 will be honored at the kick off and receive Toby! All donations must be received by 6pm the day before the kickoff.
We need volunteers !  We are in need of volunteers for behind the scenes planning, handing out and organizing "the ducks", counting donations, organizing end of event prizes, day of event station workers, and much more.  If you would like to help out with the Jump Rope for Heart event please contact Tracy Hartin at
We also need volunteers to help hand out initial donation prizes.  Please sign-up here if you can help Feb 8-12 before school from 8:40-9:10.
Thank you for supporting the American Heart Association!
Click here to join the UPark team today!

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Registration for Spring Session Clubs (3/11-5/23) will go live Monday February, 8th @ 2PM. For the online Spring course catalog please click here. To register please click here after 2PM on Monday February 8th.

Registration for Girls on the Run also goes live on Monday, February 8th. Please contact  for information on registration.

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: Otis Metz, Teddy Rogala, Elna Kristensson, Michaela Gayles, Clara Johnson, Josie Goltra, Jillian Samaras, Crosby Stutz, Kaiden Enloe, Hannah Pramita, Charlie Murphy, Marvin Alas, Ivy Bieker, Joey Roedel, Ruby Dokken, Alanah Conner, Adia Stoler, Austen Ford, Charile Gold, Henry Ford, Phoebe Rogala, Angelina Holm, Alvir Keranovic, Ethan Hale, Meriah Martinez, Wyatt Houston, Liam Neuhalfen.

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).