2300 S. St. Paul St., Denver, CO 80210


Reminder: NO SCHOOL Monday and Tuesday
Picture Retake Day is Friday, November 14-order forms are in the office


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Thanksgiving Lunch 


Tell everyone!  Eat at Modmarket and Glacier from 5:00pm to close and raise money for band scholarships for kids at our school!
Principal Update:
At University Park, safety is our #1 priority, and the most important part of my job.  Please help me by remembering to ALWAYS check in with the office whenever you enter the building.  In other maintenance/safety updates, all trees on school property have been trimmed. 

DPS has embraced the Colorado Academic Standards, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Our staff continues to work on implementing best-practice instructional strategies across all grade levels in support of CCSS.  Please click DPS Parent Guides to Student Learning to find grade level guides describing major concepts your child will learn as we embrace the Common Core State Standards.

Morning Coffee with Grant:
Throughout the year, I'd like to set some opportunities to meet informally with grade-level parents.  I'll host my first Morning Coffee on Friday, 11/15, from 9:15-10am in the cafeteria for any Kindergarten parents.  No need to RSVP - simply come by for a few minutes, or the entire time, to meet with me and other parents with Kindergarten students at UPark.
Grant Varveris

Team UPark

PTA News:


Apple Campaign - WE DID IT!  We met and exceeded our match challenge!  This has been our most successful apple campaign ever, and we still have the rest of the school year to accept donations!  Thank you to everyone who donated, or pledged to donate, to the Apple Campaign during our fall drive.  Here are a few special highlights from our drive:
  • We raised $68,317 - about 70% of our $98,000 school grant goal
  • We increased our family participation in the Apple Campaign by 20 families!

Although our biggest push is over, donations are accepted throughout the school year from families and businesses through their matching programs.  Please feel free to email or call Stepahanie Treusein at 720-231-9955 any time during the year with Apple Campaign questions.


A special thanks to Apple Campaign Chair Stephanie Treusein, PTA Treasurer Carol McDaniel, and PTA President Jen Frenkel for their hard work and dedication to UPark!


Giving Thanks All Over the World!

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Who: The University Park Elementary School Community            

What: Multi-Cultural Night of Feasting and Art

Where: 2300 S St Paul (Caf´┐Ż, Gym, Auditorium)

When: November 13, 2014 from 5:30-7pm


We are theming this year with "Giving Thanks All Over the World"

Our menu will feature traditional Thanksgiving turkey, chicken and vegan options (provided by the PTA) and then YOU supply the accoutrements!  

What were your faves from your house? 

Did your mom make fried rice or gnocchi?  Did your dad serve up popovers or biscuits? Did Auntie 'Nita bring green bean casserole or baba gahnouj?

Gather with us for a feast from around the planet and just next door!


There will once again be a  Parade of Nations... so get out your fancy duds and traipse across the stage!  There will also be art projects (shhh, they are still in R&D, and if you have one to share let us know!)


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


University Park Elementary

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



  • Challenge Island's last class is 11/17
  • Bricks 4 Kids' last class is on 11/18
  • Kid Stage's Last class is on 11/21 and the performance is that day!
  • Kidstage this week and next week! Keep practicing your lines!
  • Computer Explorer's last class is 12/10
    • No class 11/12 & 11/26
  • Omniform's Last class is 12/18 (No class on 11/13, 11/27)
  • All Free Enrichment Courses started this past week and run through the week before winter break


Questions about After School programs or KC?

Call Omid Amini at 303-241-7938

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: Ethan McFarland, Bailey Hodas, Liam Neuhalfen, Ben Davis, Edan Schutt, Britany Rivas, CJ Maloney, Ty Jennings, Jackson Brooks, Avalon White, Mia Ruedas, Sequoyah Matibag, Ella Wagner, Luke Combs, Wyatt Woessner, Joyce Yan, Elna Kristensson, Bauer Bodhaine, Adia Stoler, Serrianna Safieh, Kai Stutz, Robert Lavacchi, Gregory Allen, Owen Fairchild, Brianna Beach, Angelina Holm, Egan Morgan-Rooks, Raphael Wieland, Marina Orozco-Lerma, Eden Lyons and Kaiden Ginther



Silent Auction Only 4 Months Away

The annual UPark silent auction is four months away and planning has begun.  This fun event is organized and operated by parent volunteers.  Here is how you can help make the 5th Annual UPark Auction our biggest to date:

  • Volunteer on the organizing committee
  • Donate a basket or item from your place of business
  • Ask for a donation from your favorite local business(s)

If you would like more information on how you can help or donation forms, email Dana O'Connor at  dana@euphoriafit.com.

Thanksgiving Lunch @ UPark!

Mark your calendars!  Thanksgiving lunch will be Tuesday, November 18th.  Parents/siblings and other guests are welcome to join and have lunch that day with their child.  An adult lunch is $4 and non-students are $3. We will also be accepting donations that day for Food Bank of the Rockies.  Please consider your change as a donation to them.  Last year we donated over $300 from your generosity!  If you are planning on attending, please email Jennifer Plesa with the number of adults and children attending.  We will follow the regular lunch schedule this day. 
Do you have spare time?

Would you like to make a few extra dollars each school day?  We have a crossing guard position available before school and after school.  It pays $8 an hour and is perfect for someone in the neighborhood.  Email Principal Varveris if you, or someone you know, is interested.
Thursday Extras
This is where you will find a list of flyers that DPS or approved organizations have asked we pass out to our community.  Simply click on the flyer name to view in its entirety.  Please check outside the office if you need a hard copy.

"Instruction ends in the school-room, but education ends only with life."

- Frederick W. Robertson