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We would like to invite the UPark community to Art Night, Wednesday, January 20 at 5:30 pm in the gym. Bring the whole family for a night of fun art projects, including fiber art, collage, stamping, metal tooling, 3-D sculpture and more, provided by art teacher Carol Redmond and the PTA.  Parent volunteers are still needed for this event. If you are able to help, please contact Carol .

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The PTA recently purchased approximately 150 new hardcover books for the library.  Many of these books have been on display so the kids can browse before they go on the shelves. Also, a few parents recently painted and spruced up the space. Thank you to Brooke Bolinske, Jennifer Robinson, Dana O'Connor, Jacqueline Cote, and librarian Jamie Gentry for working hard to make our library great for the kids!

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!

Restaurant Night @ Chipotle

If you only go to one restaurant night all year, make it Chipotle, 2760 S Colorado Blvd, on January 21 from 4:00-8:00 pm! Chipotle gives back 50% of the proceeds to our school and in the past, this night has earned $1,000+!  Show the flyer on your phone or mention UPark at checkout. Click here to see the flyer.
Children First Counseling 

Polly Abernathy, Children First Counselor, still has openings. Polly is a school based counseling intern who works with children who are dealing with a variety of issues including social skills, self esteem, family troubles, divorce, acting out, transitions, grief and loss, and anger.  If you know a student who could benefit from counseling please contact Polly. She is at UPark on Tuesdays and Wednesdays or leave a message at 303-756-9052 ext. 149.

10 One of a Kind, Awesome, Behind the Scenes Tours

One of the most popular items at our annual auction are one of a kind experiences and behind the scenes tours.  These are FREE donations and everyone loves them! 

This year, we are trying to get 10 cool, one of a kind, awesome behind the scenes tours.  Do you or someone you know have something to offer up?  A grocery store tour, a plant tour, a sports stadium tour, behind the curtain tour?  Not sure?  Email Dana O'Connor at with your idea.  Be part of the 10 awesome experiences! 
Re-Gift a Card?

Were you lucky enough to get a gift card over the is not to one of your favorite places?  Donate it to the UPark Silent Auction!  Cards can be left in the front office.  
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
Thank you for supporting the American Heart Association!
Click here to join the UPark team today!

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Attention enrichment parents: during pick up please wait either outside on the blacktop or inside the entrances of door 15 or 9. You should not be walking through the school to pick up your child. If you need to pick up before the class lets out please notify Jesse.
The Neighborhood Center Staff

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: Cadence Branham-Benson, Alex Locia-Anota, August Reichert, Theodore Rogala, Dax Johnson, Grant Jungwirth, Xavier Pena, Leora Starks, Olivia McDaniel, Egan Morgan-Rooks, Preston Brooks, Andrew Johnson, Malcom Schleicher, Harlan Konwinski, Armonie Campion, Lucy Noble, Ruby Yang, Gabriella Santaella, Jules Cohn, Rowan Mitchell, Marissa Lee, Sfwan Bendawi, Mary Jane Murphy, Jaiden Lewis, Marley Stoler, Ben Davis, Karma Montoya, Dale Garcia, Anna Muilenburg, Juliette Rusin. 

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).