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Spring Enrichment - Starts Monday, March 6th
Click HERE  to view the online course catalog.
To register, click  HERE .

*NEW* Summer Enrichment Camps
June 5-9th and June 12-16th
To view the online course catalog and for more information, 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 .

Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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

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.


The PTA does more than just fundraise for our school; we are also advocates for all school children in Colorado.

This Friday, March 3rd, our PTA Board and members will be attending the Colorado PTA  Legislative Conference at the State Capitol.  We will learn about current education  legislation under consideration and Colorado's ongoing education funding deficit.  We  will also meet with our state representative and senator to advocate for greater  K-12 education funding in Colorado!

The PTA is continually fundraising to supplement our school budget.  This is done every year in order to keep our current staffing levels. We urge every  parent at UPark to educate themselves on how the state's education budget for K-12  puts Colorado 40th in the nation in terms of per pupil funding.  A good source of information on  our state's education funding crisis is the advocacy group, Great Education Colorado.  You can find information on their website.

Attend our next PTA meeting on March 14th at 6pm in the art room to learn  more about education in Colorado and how YOU can make a difference, too!

Spring Book Fair

Just in time to purchase books for Spring Break!

March 13th - 16th
8 am - 9 am
4 pm - 6 pm

Online ordering starts March 8th - Click HERE

Parent Volunteers, we need YOU!!  Can you help out for an hour or two? Sign up HERE to help make our book fair a success!
Thank you and see you at the fair!

Restaurant Night
March 9th from 5-9pm
Wok Hei Fresh Asian
2720 S Colorado Blvd #704, Denver 80222
(303) 759-8882

Wok Hei is giving 20% back to UPark!

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.

Semantics Team News
UPark's Semantics Team wrapped up team activities on February 16th with the DPS Written Spelling Contest.  The event included 300+ students from DPS elementary and middle schools with the top 25 students competing in the DPS City Orals  AND the Colorado State Spelling Bee. 

Fifth grader, Angelina Holm earned 6th Place!  She will represent UPark in both the DPS Orals Spelling Bee on March 8th AND the Colorado State Spelling Bee on March 11th.  We want to wish her the BEST OF LUCK!

Congratulations to our entire Semantics Team!  They worked so hard and had a lot of fun in the process! 
Semantic Team Members (pictured below) include f ifth graders Angelina Holm, Sophia Homburger, Duncan Monroe and Andy Smith, f ourth graders Dalia Gutierrez and Maia Ottenbrite and s econd graders Ella Jackson and Adia Stoler.


  "This is how UPark second graders warm up for Semantics!"

Heather Wise
Semantics Team Coach
Nurse News

Letters have been sent out to children who need their immunization records updated.   If you do not receive a letter, your child is up to date. Thank you!

Please read HERE regarding Mumps in the Colorado area.  If you need information, clarification, any resources or referrals.  Please feel free to give me a call at 720-424-3415 or an EMAIL.
Antoinette Schmitz, MSN, RN
School Nurse

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!

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.

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.


How can you market your business or place of work while supporting the UPark auction?
The Annual UPark Silent Auction begins April 13th (online) and ends with a live event on Friday, April 21st.  Planning is in full swing and we are looking for businesses or families to support UPark through 
donating or sponsoring the event.
We are looking for the following items:
  • Sponsors for wine pull or other aspects of the event (can be a family or businesses)
  • Gift cards
  • Certificates for services
  • Gift baskets
  • Retail items
  • Any other type of donations you might have!
  • Bottles of wine (any vintage/varietal/price point)  
Donations can be left in the front office or EMAIL us  to make arrangements.

Learn more about the UPark Silent Auction HERE.

Questions?  Feel free to CONTACT us.  Thank you!
Crossing Guard

UPark has a crossing guard!  Please welcome Howard as you safely cross the street.  

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:  Benjamin Mendez, Waker Baldwin, Augie Reichert, Jackson May, Wynn Morris, Dylan Boal, Ben Bignell, Sheridan Wetherall, Mary Jane Murphy, Laudya Mikayla, Kenna Stow, Marie Garcia, Aspen Chaidez, Emmanuel Summerour, Maisie Miller, Jack Norris, Michael Sutton, Rafan Dinata, Kate Hauhuth, Saiya Langefels, Max Newcomb, Ariel Adame, Sherman Gong, Tyzala Jeffries, Lilah Brant, Salem Bendawi, Luciana Salgado, Larkin Fitz-Gerald, Annika Morton, and Gabrielle Panella.

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.