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2017-2018 Classes

As we begin to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year, we would like to give you the opportunity to tell us about your child and their learning needs. You can learn more about the class placement process and fill out the Student Information Sheet HERE

Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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

Neighborhood Center

*NEW* Summer Enrichment Camps
June 5-9th and June 12-16th

The same great enrichment programs offered during the school year are now being offered during the summer.  Have your child enjoy summer programs here at UPark! 

To view the online course catalog, click HERE and scroll down to "Summer Enrichment Camps @ UPark".   To register, click HERE .

Discovery Link Summer Camp - Registration is open!
For more information and how to register, contact Jesse.

Spring Break Camp at Slavens  - March 27-30  
Click  HERE to register.
Discovery Day at UPark - April 3
Click HERE to register.
UPark Health Fair - March 22 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

Need information or have questions?  Please contact Jesse .


Is it hard to make a morning PTA meeting?  This month, we will meet in the evening.  Please join us on Tuesday , March 14th at 6pm in the Art Room to learn about PTA activities at UPark and how you can be involved at your child's school!

The PTA will  provide childcare and food, so join us Tuesday!  Please RSVP HERE, so we can plan accordingly.

Right before the PTA meeting, visit The UPark Scholastic Book Fair from 4-6pm in the library.

In other PTA news - 
Join the PTA Wellness Committee and the UPark Neighborhood Center on March 22nd from 5:30-6:30pm for our 1st UPark Health & Wellness Fair!  For full details on doctors who will attend, activities and much more, read HERE.

Restaurant Night - TONIGHT!
Wok Hei Fresh Asian
2720 S. Colorado Blvd. #704, Denver 80222
University Hills Shopping Center
(303) 759-8882

Wok Hei is giving 20% back to UPark!  
Show this FLYER and let them know you are with UPark.
Spring Book Fair Starts Monday!

UPark still needs volunteers for the book fair! Can you help out for an hour or two?  Sign up HERE to help make our book fair a success!

Book Fair Hours:
8-9am and 4-6pm
March 13-16th

Online ordering is open, click HERE  to place an order.

Thank you and see you at the fair!

The UPark Depot

Our personalized learning coordinator, Sarah Holdeman is stocking "The UPark Depot" with supplies. The Depot is a place where teachers and students can come together and bring ideas to life.

We are in need of the following items:
  • Shoe boxes
  • Tubes (toilet paper, wrapping paper, paper towel)
  • Wire
  • String
  • Wood scraps
  • Zip ties
Mrs. Holdeman will be on the playground before school on Tuesday, March 14h and Wednesday, March 15th to collect donations.  Thank you!  

Donations and Prizes
Silent Auction

Bring in an auction donation and Spin the Wheel for a prize!   The success of our auction is dependent on the number of donations we receive.  We need your help!   E ach child who brings in a donation will "Spin the Wheel" for a prize. 

When:   8:40 - 8:55 am on March 15-17 
Where:  In front of the library - Wednesday and Thursday
On the blacktop playground - Friday
Item Ideas:  Gift Cards, Retail Items, Certificates for Services, Gift Baskets, Wine

Every spin is a winner...for both the kids and the school!

Learn more about the auction HERE.

Parent and Teacher Experiences
Silent Auction

What are Parent and Teacher Experiences?   Have you heard people talking about the Silent Auction Experiences and thought, "What in the world are these all about?"  

To find out more, visit Experiences FAQs for these " ONLY AT UPARK " events.
Silent Auction

The date is set!  We are preparing for a great event to support a great school, UPark!

Event Details:
  • When:  Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Where:  The University of Denver Gold Club, located above Magness Arena (under the gold spire)
  • What:  Dinner, laughter, community, cash bar, fun games, and auction items only available at the live event...such as class art projects, teacher and parent hosted experiences, one of a kind art and other surprises
  • Why:  It's fun!  All proceeds benefit University Park Elementary School.
  • Cost:  $30 (price increases to $40 on April 8, 2017) 
Buy your TICKETS today! 
Both the online auction (April 13 - April 20) and live event (April 21) are open to all supporters of UPark and its surrounding community.  Start spreading the word! Participation in the online auction is free!

Questions?  Learn more about the UPark Silent Auction or contact us by EMAIL.

2nd Grade Service Learning Project - Stuffed Animals

As part of our community study and service learning, second graders are planning to work with the Child Rescue Foundation and the Teddy Bear Project.
You can be a part of this 2nd grade project by:  
  • Collecting new or "slightly loved" stuffed animals of all kinds, not just teddy bears. 
  • Collect fabric ribbon or yarn to tie the tags onto the stuffed animals.
  • Bring the animals and/or ribbon to a second grade classroom (Rm #113, 114 or 118) anytime during the month of March.  
  • With adult supervision, ask neighbors, friends and family to donate stuffed animals and/or ribbon.
These stuffed animals will be given to children in the Denver Community.  Some organizations benefiting are Children's Hospital, Denver Rescue Mission, Tennyson Children's Home, Denver County Court Day Care and more.  Our classes will hold a tagging event where we will tie a red heart "tag" to the animals with a special student created message such as "We care about you."

If you wish to learn more about the Child Rescue Foundation, visit their website

Thank you for your help!

Color Cycle

We are continuing our collection of old, used markers. Keep sending them to school!

UPark students have brought in 1,810 used markers. This is enough to produce almost 6 gallons of fuel or enough energy saved to cook 226 breakfasts! Let's Color Cycle!
Apple Campaign

The Apple Campaign is PTA's direct check writing campaign. Money raised goes directly to UPark Elementary for 2.5 teaching positions not covered by the district.

We are currently $12,000 short of our goal of $70,000. 

Without generous donations from our community, UPark will have to cut one 5th grade teaching position, one Kindergarten teaching position, AND our half time art teacher. State budget restrictions under the TABOR and Gallagher Amendments have created a situation where the State of Colorado is not able to fund K-12 education adequately.  Did you know Colorado currently ranks 42nd in the nation in per pupil funding adjusted for regional cost differences?  (Source: Ed Week 2016 Quality Counts, 2013 data)

To date, we have received contributions from approximately 20% of our families at  UPark. We realize not everyone can give, and many families give their time and money in other ways to the school.  However, if you have the means to contribute, we ask you to consider a donation in any amount that fits your family's budget.  If you have already given, thank you and please consider giving more if possible! 

Remember, our PTA is a 501(c)3 organization and your Apple Campaign donation is tax deductible and anonymous. You may drop a check off at the office in the Apple Campaign box or donate online  HERE

Please help the PTA keep small class sizes and art at UPark!

Thank you for your consideration and all you do to make this a great school for ALL students at UPark.

Band Camp

If you want to join band next year, learn a new instrument over the summer or keep growing your skills, this is your chance!  3rd-8th graders can join us for Summer Band Camp to learn how to play the flute, clarinet, trumpet, french horn, saxophone, trombone, tuba or drums (and for daily water balloon fights)!   You don't need to know how to play an instrument and you can rent an instrument for just $20!  We will have a blast learning how to express the music inside us that is just waiting to get out!  
These all day (9-3 p.m.), week-long camps are taught by DPS University Park and Slavens K-8 Band Director, Ms. Christmas.  We will provide your child with a fabulous start on their musical journey.  Each camp has a different theme, but you will learn to play an instrument at any of them. 
Our camps this year are:
Rock Band (June 5th-9th)
World Music - Russia and Ireland (June 26th-June 30th)
Summer Blues (July 10th-14th)
For more information, read the Big As Life Music brochure, visit the Big As Life Music website or contact Christmas.

University Park Elementary Calendar

3 ways to access calendar information! Go to the University Park Website,  click on the CALENDAR ICON, or look below!  
*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).
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:  Amielia Lauritano, Owen Becker, Josie Strout, Jack Billingsley, Miguel Hao, Chase Cestra, Luciana Salgado, Frankie Jackson, Michael Mifflin-Chavez, Ben Blackmun, Jerry Bao, Anna Muilenburg, Ally Shi, Elna Kristensson, Giovanna Golan, Carter Hammond, Judy Chen, Elena Galemba, Sadie Woglom, James Merkle, Gavin Arnold, William Bollmann, Erion Muji, Brinley Bourke, Maeve Lemery, Lara Olsthoorn, Adia Stoler, Semo Bendawi, Brody Mesquita-Taylor and Edan Schutt.

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.