Planning Ahead:

NO SCHOOL March 30-April 3! 



Table of Contents   


Shakespeare Neighborhood Center
Silent Auction
Stuffed Animals
Wizard Hats
Home Tour



Principal Update



I would like to welcome Holly Caouette (pictured) as one of our two new Mild/Moderate teachers starting next year!

Next year will be her fifth year teaching, fourth year as a special education teacher. She has been a teacher at Green Valley Elementary School in DPS for the past four years. She went to college at the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!) and received her masters in special education in 2012. She is a Colorado native who loves to hike and play in the Colorado sun!  We look forward to having Holly be a part of the UPark community!


I would like to say thank you to Sarah Vyrnios for her dedication to the students at UPark.  Sarah will be pursuing a career outside of education at the end of the school year and we wish her the best of luck.



Grant Varveris

Team UPark



*State Assessment Testing is this week and next (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.


*Looking ahead to next year, please click here for the 15-16 school calendar.





Please see the minutes from last week's PTA meeting HERE Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 7, and we are trying something different by combining our meeting with CSC.  This will be a good way to learn more about both the CSC and PTA!  The meeting will begin at 4:15 pm, and childcare will be provided.  


We are looking for parents who want to become more involved next year by filling open positions in the PTA.  Volunteering with the PTA is fun and a great way to meet new people!  We need help with our three major fundraisers: Apple Campaign, Silent Auction, and Home Tour, as well as PTA Secretary, Vice President, and Co-treasurer.  Please contact Jen Frenkel (303-717-7566) for more information on these roles.



CSC Representatives WANTED!!


Are you interested in becoming a CSC Representative?  University Park will have 2 two-year parent/guardian positions open beginning in August, 2015.  Meetings are typically 1� hours, once a month.  The primary functions of the CSC include assisting Principal Varveris with the school's mission & vision, providing guidance on an annual balanced budget/UIP, and obtaining community involvement to help achieve school and district goals (when needed).  Please review the Nomination Form and submit to Jennifer Plesa  by Friday, March 27th if you are interested.


Minutes from the 3/3/15 CSC Meeting


Save the Date!

The 11th Annual University Park Home Tour will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, 11 am-5 pm!  This is a fun, community-building event and huge fundraiser for our school.  In addition to the five beautiful homes that will be open, there will be an event at UPark featuring a local home and garden market, food trucks, bake sale, and more!  Do you know a business that would want to get involved in the Home Tour?  Email us with the contact information.  



Shakespeare Feast
Hear ye, hear ye!  Come to the annual Shakespeare Feast & Performances!  Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream will each be performed by one of our 5th grade classes.  Family and friends are invited to attend on the evening of Wednesday, April 15th.  A spaghetti "feast" will also be served.  Tickets for The Feast must be purchased by Friday, March 27th (before spring break).  Click here for details.  
PLEASE NOTE:  The "kids" price of $4 is only for kids age 2-5.  All others are $8. If you sent in only $4 for your 5th grader (for instance), please send in the additional $4 as soon as possible.

Silent Auction Update:

THANK YOU to the entire UPark Community for making the 2015 UPark Auction an all-around success!   100s of you supported the event (in so many ways) and the end result was a super fun way to raise over $43k for our school. Your donations, online shopping, ticket purchases, art project coordination, purchases at the live event, hosting of experiences and hours of volunteer time all contributed to its success! Thank you.


Select Experience Slots Open Until 5pm Sunday

If you were not able to attend the live auction event last Thursday, you may have missed out on some of our fun teacher and parent hosted experiences. We still have some slots open and now until Sunday at 5pm is your chance to get in on the fun!


Here is a list of all Teacher Experiences


Here is list of All Parent Experiences


Auction Experience Dates Posted
Forgot your experience date? All dates for the Auction Experiences have been posted on our website


Reminder: 2nd grade is Collecting Stuffed Animals!


Drop off any new or slightly loved stuffed animal to any second grade classroom (rooms 113, 114, 117 or 205) during the month of March.  Help support the Child Rescue Foundation.




UPark students and families raised over $17,000 for the American Heart Association!! Amazing!  Thank you!



University Park Elementary

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


 Spring Session 4 Registration
Free course registration
Paid course registration
Course Catalog (Please note due to scheduling conflicts GEM has moved to Thursday)


* Omniform and Ballet on 2/26 has been rescheduled to 3/19 because of the snow day 


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: Ava Rogala, Sophia Cho, Raged Kreiba, SophiaSchmidt, Saoirse Collins, Jake Nederveld, Hannah Shigio, Olivia Jones, Sunshine Li, Alex Locia-Anota, Kyra Hornung Standell, Everett White, Amara Moreno, Jacob Lahlou, Elna Kristensson, Nate Bolinske, CJ Maloney, Liam Homburger, Amr Mohamed, Ahni Lazaroff, Adrian Santaella, Olivia McDaniel, Anne Zheng, Hailey Scott, Anna Muilenburg, Nona Slevin, Delaney Muilenberg, Shawn Franklin and Abbie Bettinger




Our Math Olympiad season has come to a close.  Click here to view the FINAL TOP THREE!  Please congratulate them and all of the hard working 4th and 5th graders in the program!
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).