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We are excited to announce some new additions to next year's teaching staff!

Donna Laurent and Becki Hays will be joining our 1st grade team. Click here for Donna's bio. Click here for Becki's bio.

Lacey Sears and Samantha Byrne will join our Special Education team. Click here for Lacey's bio. Click here for Samantha's bio.

Ms. Ostrom will be taking on a part-time coaching role in addition to her 3rd grade teaching position. Heather Wise will continue her role as GT teacher and be job sharing with Ms. Ostrom in 3rd grade. We are excited to have Heather here full time next year!

As we begin to prepare for the 2016-17 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

Team UPark

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


Thank you to Stephanie Babbitt for distributing reloadable grocery cards to all of our kindergarten families.  We hope that everyone continues to reload and use these throughout the year, since it is a free and easy fundraiser for UPark!  You can learn more about grocery cards or request a card HERE

Nothing Bundt Cakes will be offering desserts at the UPark Auction this year. Click here for a coupon to try one at their Cherry Creek store.

Bring in an Auction Donation and Spin the Wheel for a Prize!

The success of our auction is dependent on the number of donations (gift cards, experiences, new goods) we obtain.  We rely on families to ask for these donations. When a child brings in a donation next week before school, that child will be able to Spin the Wheel for a prize.
When: Mornings 8:40 - 8:55am, March 21 - 25th 
Where: School Playground
What: Bring in an Auction Donation and Spin the Wheel
Every spin is a winner... for both the kids and the school!

Learn more about the auction at
Dana Strand O'Connor 303.359.8858

Spring Testing Schedule

Testing season is quickly approaching and we want to make sure our 3rd-5th grade students have multiple opportunities to prepare for the PARCC tests. Click  here  for information, practice tests and more. 

Please keep in mind the weeks of April 11th, 18th, and 25th will be testing weeks. Please do not schedule appointments or vacations during these times as all students are expected to be present during testing. Prompt arrival, not only on testing dates, will make for a stronger daily educational experience for your child.

Important dates (testing is completed in the morning and each test is approximately 60 minutes): 
CMAS PARCC (Math):  3rd - 5th grades April 12-15
CMAS PARCC (Literacy): 3rd-5th grades April 18-20
CMAS Science and Social Studies:   4th and 5th grades April 25-27

Semantics Team Update!

Fourth grader Angelina Holm participated in the DPS City Orals event on Wednesday, March 9th and out of about 30 students from around the district (mostly middle school students), she earned sixth place! Some of her words included potpourri, bureaucracy, linseed and schooner...the one that got her was "phoresy" - according to the Amateur Entomologists' Society, phoresy means " the act of 'hitching a lift' on another organism." In addition, she participated in the written portion of the Colorado State Spelling Bee on Saturday and missed the cut off by just one word, though her brother Tobias, an eighth grader at Hamilton, tied for FOURTH in the state! What a ride...congratulations to Angelina, Tobias and all of our Semantics Team members! Your hard work and dedication showed throughout this journey and I am very proud of all of you!
Mrs. Wise

University Park Golf Tournament

University Park is holding its first Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 14th. All proceeds will benefit the UPark Neighborhood Center. For more information or to register, see the flier here.

Stuffed Animal Collection
Second grade is collecting new and slightly loved stuffed animals for the Child Rescue Foundation. Please support our service learning project by dropping off your donation to any second grade classroom (rooms 113, 114, and 118) during the months of March and April. If you would like to know more, click  here.
Thank you,
Mrs. Archambault, Mrs. Holdeman, and Ms. McDaniels


There are still openings for After School Spring Clubs, for the course catalog and to register click here.
Attention Yoga Families: Yoga will not meet today 3/17.
Kaleidoscope Corner Summer Camp registration is open! Please click here for a registration packet. You can drop your registration off to Jesse on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3PM to 6PM or by appointment. 
Sign up for the Inaugural University Park Golf Tournament Saturday, May 14th!  For more information and to register please click here!

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: Henry Ford, Seamus Slevin, Xavier Pena, Giovanna Golan, Frankie Jackson, Evan Carmichael, Chaitra Kadupukotta, Elna Uliss, Andrew Johnson, Helen Reichert, Wynn Morris, Lucas Brown, Luke Combs, Maitri Lazaroff, Sheridan Wetherall, Isabella Allee, Claire Robinson, Magnus Houston, Ella Sudar, Abbie Bettinger, Sophia Homburger, Annabella Ruchaber, Lorenzo Mitchell, Quinn O'Connor, Drew Finley, Rowan Mitchell, Olivia Jones, Owen Becker, Grace Treusein, Isobel Erickson-Solonika, Anna Muilenburg. 

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).