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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!

UPark Art Night

UPark's annual art night is TONIGHT from 5:30 to 7:00 in the gym. Students will create hanging sculptures, finger print art, collage greeting cards, watercolor paintings and more! We look forward to seeing you!  Contact Carol Redmond with questions. 

January 17th - 27th
Donate your gently used winter coats for a Denver homeless shelter. Drop off your coats in the donation boxes near the main office.
We are donating the coats to the Family Motel in Denver. This is a temporary home for families in need.
All size coats will benefit a child or an adult in need.
Thank you!  We hope you can donate!  Please contact Allie McMahon with questions. 
- UPark Student Council Members 

Family Math Night 
February 9th 5:30-7:00
Have you ever wondered what math lessons look like in your child's classroom? Have you ever wondered what math is like in middle school? Do you want know how to support your child's learning style at home? Or how we are supporting your child at school? How do math and art relate and support each other?  Come to UPark's family Math night to find answers to these questions and more. Mark your calendars and know that more info will be coming!
We will be offering 2 rounds of sessions for both children and adults. Sessions will include a math/art project, games/activities for both school and home, support for different learning styles, and information about math in the elementary classroom. BONUS! For the first time EVER, Merrill Middle School Math teachers will ALSO be here to give a presentation about middle school math and answer questions from families!
Join Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Archambault, Mrs. Wise, Ms. Byrne, Mrs. Redmond, and other UPark staff for a night of fun and information! Please RSVP HERE.  

UPark Crayola ColorCycle Program

We're excited to tell you about a very special program we are coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It's called Crayola ColorCycle - an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!
All around University Park students and teachers will collect used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers are then sent to a facility and converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more! 
Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house - even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off bags will be located around the school for your child to deposit the markers.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.  Remember, don't throw out that used marker-ColorCycle it! Learn more at
Evan Petrucelli - 5th Grade
Britany Rivas Pinedo - 5th Grade

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

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  (see attachment).  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.
Support the Whole Child

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


The PTA would like to thank Sarah Holdeman for putting together the screening of Most Likely to Succeed.  The movie and discussion of UPark's efforts to implement personalized learning in the classroom were thought provoking and inspiring!   We would also like to thank DPS Imaginarium Innovation Lab for coming to this event  and discussing DPS' efforts in personalized learning. Click  HERE to learn more about DPS Imaginarium Innovation Lab.
The next PTA meeting will be February 14th at 9:15 in the Art Room.  We welcome all parents and staff to attend!  You don't have to be a member to attend and participate.

UPark school tours are in progress!

Let your friends and neighbors know that if they would like to learn more about this amazing little school they just need to sign up for a tour. See below for tour date and times.  Call the main office at 720-424-3410 to RSVP.
  • Friday, January 27th - 9:15am and 2:30 pm

Discovery Link Highlight

This month in After School Discovery Link we have been offering "Student Led" Clubs during our Club Curriculum time. Students are able to make their own lesson plans and come up with supply lists for 2 classes of 40 minutes each.

Enrichment Highlight

Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular STEM enrichment program that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and social skills in children while instilling a lifelong love of science and engineering. Challenge Island has kids dividing into cooperative tribes and taking on a vast array of exciting challenges set on action-packed thematic "islands".
Pictured Left: Saoirse Collins (3rd Grade), Joey Roedel (1st Grade), and Reese MacDonald (3rd Grade) construct a lengthy paper chain that can hold a bag of pennies without breaking.

Pictured Right: Isis DeLaCruz-Ramirez (5th Grade) and Nola Lake (3rd Grade) teaching a Gymnastics Lesson to 16 Discovery Link Students.

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:  Ellie Moreno, Booker Downs, Carter Petretti, Dexter Sheely, Mary Jane Murphy, Sophia Cho, Rachel Grace-Villatoro, Rowan Mitchell, Zander Chao, Devin Vest-Moore, Sterling Smith, Jacob Chase-Cho, Andrew Johnson, Oliver Colson, Elena Galemba, Joey Roedel, Michael Sutton, Luciana Salgado, Ella Wagner, Chloe Huffman, Lincoln Barber, Nora Castelo, Bo Pang, Kennon Lamm, Eve Robinson, Gavan Littman, Beckett Wander and Raffa Akbar.

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).