Planning Ahead:

NO SCHOOL March 30-April 3! 



Table of Contents   

Class pictures
Wizard Hats
Neighborhood Center
5th grade fundraiser
Spirit Gear
Spelling Bee




Principal Update


Thank you to all the students, parents and staff for your hard work with testing the last few weeks.  As a school we are evaluated on many things, including our performance on standardized tests.  I am very proud of everyone's attentiveness, support, and effort during this first part of testing.  This can be a stressful time in schools, and I'm happy to say that all your support helped make our first portion of standardized testing run as smoothly as possible.


Believe it our not, we are already thinking about the 2015-16 school year.  Next week, I will send home a digital copy of our University Park Student Placement Process - the process our UPark staff will follow to create next year's class lists.  Within this process is an opportunity for parents to submit a Student Information Request Form.  This optional form allows a parent to express certain learning styles and behavioral needs for his or her student.  Deadline for parent input through the Student Information Request Form is Thursday, April 9th. Please know that our ultimate goal at UPark is to create three well-balanced classrooms at each grade level. 



Grant Varveris

Team UPark




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



 Show Your UPark School Spirit!
Spirit gear is available for a limited time!

We have a total of 10 UPark products available for purchase spread across 2 downloadable fliers - each flier contains 5 separate options. A couple things to keep in mind:

  • The grey t-shirt in the photo is FREE if you buy two items on THE SAME FLYER!
  • 10% of sales goes back to Upark!
  • Checks should be made out to UPark PTA
Order forms are available on the website as Flyer 1 & Flyer 2, or available in the office.  These forms can be downloaded, filled out, and returned to the office by Friday, March 27th at 3:45pm.  If you prefer to order online, please click here





Have you been using your reloadable grocery card to earn cash back for the PTA?  Because of this and other fundraisers, the PTA was able to vote to outfit the remaining classrooms, including first and second grades, with Promethean interactive boards.  Please continue to shop and support UPark!  Click HERE for more details. 



Class pictures are Tuesday, April 7
Order forms go home today.  Return them to the office by April 7th or send it with your student on Tuesday, April 7th.  Late orders will not be accepted.


University Park Elementary

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



Session 3 information:

  • Ballet and Omniform have their Session 3 make up class on 3/19


Session 4 information:

  • GEM during session 4 will take place on Thursday's
  • Omniform Session 4 starts 3/26
  • Chess Club session 4 starts 4/15
  • All other courses start the week of 4/6
  • Movement Madness starts 4/10 and the first class is open to all students for free

Course Catalog (Please note: due to scheduling conflicts GEM has moved to Thursday's)



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:  Isabella Cardoza, Carlee Erb, Aya Saad-Masri, Teddy Rogala, Sophia Schmidt, Andrew Keenan, Natalie Rusin, Josh McKay, Cooper Morton, Karma Montoya, Aspen Chaidez, Star Rivera, Nick Neuhalfer, Ari Waanders, Wyatt Woessner, Elna Kristensson, Dania Gario, Jillian Samaras. Kyra Hornung Standell, Daniella Starks, Owen Fairchild, Tasnim Boukhris, Adia Stoler, Owen Becker, Jacob Lahlou, Sarai Osborne, Summer Johnson, Mieke Waanders, Maymum Ibn-Muhammad and Evan Margolin





5th grade fundraiser

Have you purchased any pickles or popcorn after school?  5th grade is continuing their after school snack fundraiser! The purpose is to raise enough money to leave a legacy gift for University Park that represents a Culture of Kindness.  5th grade students will be selling a variety of delicious snacks, so please support them by buying one after school on the playground.  They will continue daily as the weather cooperates! Thank you from all the 5th grade students for your support!


UPark Spelling Bee
After having conversations with teachers, parents and students last year, I decided at the beginning of the school year to separate the Semantics Team from the UPark Spelling Bee. Our Semantics Team had amazing successes this year and I'm looking forward to ending our school year with our own UPark School Wide Spelling Bee!


We will have spelling bees within each classroom and then each grade level, finishing with a school wide spelling bee. Classroom teachers will be disbursing spelling lists this week but I've also uploaded grade specific spelling lists for first through fifth grades on my website- please click here for a direct link!


To allow for ample work and study time, the classroom spelling bees will be completed by Friday, April 24th (please check with your child's teacher for specifics). Once all three classrooms in each grade level have completed their bees and there is a TOP FIVE from each room, I will hold a spelling bee in my classroom for each grade level's 15 students either Tuesday, May 5th or Thursday, May 7th.


The TOP FIVE from each grade level spelling bee (25 students total) will participate in the school wide spelling bee after school on Thursday, May 28th!


If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this is a great experience for everyone!

Thank you!

Heather Wise

GT Teacher


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).