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PrincipalFeb. 12
Book Fair
PTA/Silent Auction
Neighborhood CenterWizard Hats


Principal Update:




As you may have noticed, having our 3rd-5th graders prepared for the new PARCC testing is very important to me. I want to make sure each student has every opportunity to do their best.  Click here for information, practice tests, and more.  Please feel free to email me with any questions. 


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.



Silent Auction


TICKETS ON SALE NOW to the 2015 University Park Silent Auction - 6:00 pm Thursday, March 5, 2015 at The University of Denver


GREAT NEWS! There are 2 opportunities to participate in the Auction this year!

  1. The Auction is going DIGITAL! This allows anyone (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) near or far to participate! Online auction items will be available the week before our big event.

  2. Attend our Silent Auction Party! Cool, convenient, NEW location. Tickets only $30 and include light fare, refreshments and cash bar.

Why attend the party? Not only is it a fun opportunity to mingle with other parents, teachers, and community members, but we will ALSO auction off our most special and unique items, events, & experiences ONLY at our Silent Auction Party. These items WILL NOT be available online, so you won't want to miss out!


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.  Buy your tickets today HERE.

Questions?  Learn more about the Silent Auction here.
February 12th-What A Night!
Restaurant Night @ Larkburger (2730 S Colorado Blvd) from 3-9pm
DU Basketball game @ 7 pm Magness Arena ~UPark's intermediate band will be playing with the DU band!
Click here for more details on Larkburger and here for DU tickets.

Valentine's Day

Classrooms will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 13th.  If you intend to send Valentines with your child, please remember to have one for each child in the class.  In the interest of our students' healthy bodies, we ask that no candy be attached to the Valentine cards.

Spring Book Fair

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.


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


Mrs. Nakashima would appreciate help from parents with setting up the book fair and book sales during the fair.  If you are interested in helping, please click HERE for all volunteer opportunities.




University Park Elementary

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


  • Girls on the Run spring registration starts February 2nd and there only 20 spots available.  Girls on the Run inspires girls to a lifetime of self-respect and a healthy lifestyle through an innovative program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk race with a fun, health education lesson plan. We will meet Mondays (starting March 2nd) and Fridays after school. GOTR is open to 3rd through 5th grade girls.  For more information about the program go to  Questions?  Contact: Site Coordinator Julie Tremont
  • On February 17th, the Department of Extended Learning is offering a Dismissal Day camp incorporating a lot of technology, filming, and video editing at University Park...students will spend the day making a movie and at the end of the day, show their film to an audience (parents). If you are interested check out this flyer and if you would like to register then fill out the registration form and return to Omid Amini at University Park.
  • Click here to check out some of your Fall Session 2 Creative Writing stories by students!

 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: Chloe Zheng, Bennett Ruchabar, Ben Mendez, Attia Abdelgawad, Jacob Chase-Cho, Alina Scrivner, Pamela Cardenas, Quinn O'Connor, Kason Christy-Kratz, Hailey Scott, Gabrielle Panella, Luke Combs, Andy Smith, Jacob Lahlou, Dania Gario, Zachary Collisson, Nosiba Boukhris, Sam Davis, Mia Ruedas, Shawn Franklin, Adrian Santaella and Aya Saad-Masri




More Congratulations!
  • Congrats to Molly Hallam (4th grade) and Leah Elsner (5th grade) for participating in the DPS Science Fair at the Denver Zoo!
  • The Semantics Team participated in our second district spelling bee at Bradley Elementary on Thursday, January 29th and we have GREAT NEWS!  Out of approximately 50 students from neighboring elementary AND middle schools...we had SIX team members in the Top Ten, TWO in the Top Five Championship Round Angelina Holm (3rd grade) and Jackson White (4th grade) and Angelina WON! She went back and forth with an eighth grader for multiple rounds and was victorious!  It was an amazing day of hard work, fun and excitement!