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University Park Multi-Cultural Celebration Night
Sponsored by the UPark PTA and ELA Department
TONIGHT we will gather at school to feast and celebrate gratitude for our children, their families, and our school community, who represents over 20 different nations and many diverse cultures. Special entertainment and activities will be a part of the celebration. Each family is asked to contribute a dish that represents their cultural roots or just a family favorite! Side dishes, vegetables, salads, breads, and desserts are all welcome; choose your favorite dish to share because the PTA is handling the main course!  Our celebration will provide an opportunity for learning about others. We hope you also come in traditional apparel and participate in our Parade of Nations.

Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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


The PTA's Facebook page is a great way to stay informed about UPark, especially over the summer.  If you will be new to UPark in the fall and would like to meet other families or plan play dates, please feel free to post to our page!  Like us HERE
PJ Day Thank You!

UPark raised a total of $484.30 on PJ Day to help end homelessness in Denver! This is enough money for every person at the school, both students and staff, to have donated.  Thank you again for supporting Denver's Road Home and helping raise awareness in our community! 
Citywide Honor Choir

Congratulations to our amazing 4th and 5th grade students who represented UPark at the DPS Citywide Honor Choir. Their hearts were full of song as they performed beautifully Thursday, May 5th at West High School. Thanks for your hard work.  
  • Sequoyah Matibag
  • Gabriella Pappas
  • Kira Smith
  • Isabella Cardoza
  • Helen Reichert
  • Noah Johnson
  • Rodion Khristoforov
  • Amielia Lauritano
UPark Field Day

Please join us for field day on Friday, May 27th. The rain date will be Tuesday, May 31st. Field day will be held on our school grounds this year. Session one is 9:30-11:00 and session two is 1:30-3:00. Student lunches will be at the normally scheduled times and families are welcome to stay and picnic with their children. Look for more information as we get closer to the event.
If you are interested in helping with field day, volunteers are welcome to sign up here.
Spring Fun Run

Warm up those legs for field day and join the Before School Fun Run Program May 16-27.  Each morning at 8:40, kids can run the track to earn charms (K-2) or compete for a class party and individual prizes (3-5). Please consider volunteering a morning or two and keep Upark "The Healthiest School in Denver"! Click here to volunteer.
Help Finish UPark's Painting Project June 4th

After such a successful phase 1 of UPark Elementary painting, we are excited to finish what we started and knock out the remaining 2 classrooms, plus a little touch up work in the others.  Please join us on Saturday, 6/4 from 9am-1pm. We already have the supplies, we already have the experience, so please come join us and others for another fun day of painting and getting to know your neighbors in the UPark community.
You may register online and/or donate by clicking here. Please contact Grant Varveris or Alexis Matter at UPark Elementary with any questions.
Important Library News!
As the school year comes to a close, we want to inform UPark Families about important library dates regarding checking out and returning books for the end of the school year. The last week students can check out library books is the week of May 9th - 13th.ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE MAY 20TH. A letter detailing the end of the school year procedures and policies will go home with your child the week of May 9th. Please make sure to read the letter for detailed information about returning books, lost books, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Gentry.
Help beautify our school! 
We'll work to weed, rake, plant and spread some mulch on the St. Paul (entry) side of UPark on Tuesday, May 17, 3:30-5:30pm. All students and their adults welcome. Some tools and gloves provided, but bringing your own rake or shovel - even better.

Thanks for your help caring for and improving our school grounds!
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Buy cake at Nothing Bundt Cakes the week of May 16-21 and they'll give 25% back to UPark. Make sure to mention UPark at checkout. This sweet little shop donated cakes to our UPark Auction, so let's show them the love & buy some cake! See the flier here.
Or der Your 2015-16 Yearbook Today!

Yearbook order forms went home with students two weeks ago. More are available in the main office. Please fill out your order form and return it to school no later than TOMORROW. 

Thank you to all families that sent in photo submissions for the yearbook! 
There are still spots available in the Neighborhood Center One Time Workshops. Please email Jesse to sign up!
Friday 5/13
Comedy Theatre - Play-Ground Theatre - ONE TIME SHOW
Fairy Tale Theatre
Join Founders of Play-Ground Theatre Jeff Haycock and Mia Sole for one hour of music, stories, and hilarious comedy that's inspiring, energizing, and interactive for all ages!
Fairy Tale Theatre includes: 3 Billy Goats Gruff, Rapunsel, and Rappin' Red Riding Hood with Strumming Fred the Wolf
Date of Class
3:45pm - 5:00pm
All Grades

Friday 5/20
Glass Fusing - ONE TIME WORKSHOP            
This one time workshop is for young artists in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Parents are also invited to create with us! This class will teach the basics of glass fusing in a safe, fun, and creative way. Students will create 2 beautiful holiday ornaments/window hangings that will be fired in a kiln and returned to school. The teacher, Jennifer Werner has been an art educator for DPS for the past 18 years. She currently is the visual arts teacher and yoga instructor at Asbury Elementary. 
Date of Class
3:45pm - 5:15pm
3rd - 5th

Monday 5/23
Golf - First Tee of Denver - ONE TIME WORKSHOP
The First Tee of Denver brings its staff and its unique curriculum into schools to safely introduce golf. The program includes many creative ways to teach fundamental golf skills and demonstrate the concepts of playing golf on school playgrounds and in tight gymnasium spaces. Each workshop includes a life skill such as being honest, setting goals, or having confidence integrated into the activity.
Date of Class
3:45pm - 5:15pm
3rd - 5th

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: Noah Hayes, Kai Smith, Rodena Elgadi, Adam Johnson, Bauer Bodhaine, Dominic Gonzales-Ruiz Jr., Emily Dolan, Bennett D'Hondt, Julia Elsner, Frankie Jackson, Malcom Schleicher, Adia Stoler, Aisha Alassani, Finola White, Salvador Aceves, Amara Moreno, Holly Mugisha, Ethan Hale, Phoenix Kephart, Maddie Steuer, Charlie Murphy, Alvir Keranovic, Austen Ford, Hannah Shigio.

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).