2300 S. St. Paul St., Denver, CO 80210


Planning Ahead: No School Monday, January 19th


Table of Contents 


 Sick Children
Silent Auction
Art Night
Neighborhood Center
Wizard Hats



Principal Update:


Happy New Year and welcome back! I am proud to announce that University Park is one of the recipients of the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for 2014. This honor is given by the Colorado Department of Education to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth, and a great way for UPark to start off the 2nd half of the school year.


It's always exciting to add more talent and support to our UPark Staff! Please join me in welcoming the following paraprofessionals and student teachers:

            Asma Alayeb - Paraprofessional, Havenar/Hale (K)

            Chelsea Teutsch - Student Teacher, Bryers (4th)

            Caitlin Ammerman - Student Teacher, Smith (3rd)

            Doug Leber - Student Teacher, Archambault (2nd)

            Ashley Pokrzywinski - Student Teacher, Ostrom (3rd, January 20)

            Megan Lucero - Student Teacher, Cardenas (K, January 13)

            Mark Beaty - Student Teacher, Hartin (P.E., January 20)



Looking forward to what we can all accomplish together in 2015! 


Grant Varveris

Team UPark


PTA Special Presentation

University Park, pilot site for "Digital Passport," partners with Common Sense Media to bring you:

Raising Media-Smart Kids


We are thrilled to have Brian Dino from Common Sense Media back to share this important information with our UPark families!  Please join us on Tuesday, January 13th at 6pm in the Auditorium as Mr. Dino presents information and parent discussion on:


  • Free or low-cost programs to monitor your child's internet use
  • Choosing appropriate apps and websites
  • Handling cyberbullying
  •  Danger online: avoiding predators
View the entire presentation agenda here, and check out the Common Sense Media Website to see how this company rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools.  Child care will be provided.  Please feel free to stay for a brief PTA meeting after the presentation.

How sick is too sick to send your child to school?

Flu and cold season is still here.  It is very important that you are considerate of others and keep your sick child home. Symptoms to know when to keep a sick child home:
  • When a fever presents, child should stay home for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea the night before or the morning of
  • Any other symptoms provided here by Children's Hospital



Art Night is Wednesday, January 14 at 5:30 pm in the gym.  Bring the whole family for a night of fun art projects, including paper sculpture, printmaking, collage, geometry art, and more, provided by art teacher Pablo Rivera and the PTA.  Parent volunteers are still needed for this event.  If you are able to help, please contact Pablo Rivera.



Silent Auction Project
Be a Student Art Project Leader!

Would you like to lead a Student Art Project for your child's grade?  Contact Jennifer Engleby TODAY!   


We are looking for a few parents to lead (or co-lead) the creation of art projects to be auctioned off at the Upark Silent Auction. The art pieces are used to raise funds for our school.  Previously, we have auctioned them off during the Home Tour.  This year we will display and auction them off at the Upark Silent Auction on March 5th at The University of Denver.  




University Park Elementary

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

There is still plenty of time to enroll in University Park's Enrichment Programs! Paid program enrollment continues until 1/9/15!

Enroll Soon to ensure you receive a spot in the program.


Please click on the appropriate link:

Course Catalog Winter Session 3 

Paid Enrichment Sign up 

Free Enrichment Sign up 


Important information for next week's classes!


All classes start next week except for two courses.

    • Omniform starts TODAY, 1/8

    • Kids Stage starts 1/23

If you have any questions, please email Omid Amini.


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:  Cameron Calhoun-Liebnow, Sarai Osborne, Ella Wagner, Matthew Lee, Joe Bettinger, Brody Cochran, Brendan Seitz, Ava Rogala, Saoirse Collins, Maia Ottenbrite, Sarah Shigio, Preslie Holmes, Wyatt Houston, Xavier Pena, Kate Hauhuth, Finley Scott, Sophia Cho, Peyton Green, Gus Thrope, Muqit Matin, Isa Weber, Roxanne Haverland, Raged Kreiba, Daniella Starks, Alanah Conner, Abby Bettinger, Kyle Kojima and Lila Quinn



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