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


Tonight is Multi-Cultural Night! 5:30pm
Reminder: Picture Retake Day is tomorrow!
There is no school the week of Thanksgiving (November 24-28)


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Principal Update:
Here at UPark, we have several students with severe nut allergies. Nut Allergies fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Approximately 15% of the population has food allergies, 5-7% being classified as severe allergies. At any time, University Park could have 25-35 students with severe food allergies.

Here are some of the steps we are taking at UPark to keep our students safe:

  • Currently researching peanut butter replacement options in the school cafeteria, but nuts will not be banned
  • Processes implemented in the cafeteria to keep nuts separate from other foods
  • Implementing process to ensure the nut-free table in the cafeteria is uncontaminated at ALL TIMES (not only at lunch)

In addition, Colorado is working to make guidelines that allow schools to stock Epi-pens into law (House Bill 13-1171). I will continue to work with the school administration, staff and parents to implement policies that will last from year to year.

Grant Varveris

Team UPark

PTA & CSC News:



Thank you to everyone who attended last week's PTA meeting and to Mrs. Jennifer Wilson, who demonstrated the Promethean Board and the good use of our PTA funds.  You can see the minutes from our meeting here.


With the holidays approaching, don't forget to shop with AmazonSmile and support the PTA at no additional cost to you!  Learn more here.



The CSC is developing a quick survey to see how satisfied families are with our new Principal and their overall experience this year at University Park.  Please look for that survey in next week's newsletter in the PTA/CSC section.


Have you seen the Denver Plan 2020?  This is Denver Public Schools' five-year strategic plan, with the vision of Every Child Succeeds.   DPS has committed to five specific goals designed to close academic achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in college and careers.  Please click THE DENVER PLAN 2020 for more information.  http://denverplan.dpsk12.org/


CSC Meeting Minutes - 11/2/14

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!
  • Computer Explorer's remaining courses are 11/19, 12/3, & 12/10
    • No class 11/12 & 11/26
  • Omniform's remaining courses are 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, & 12/18
    • No class on 11/13, 11/27


Please click here for the KC November newsletter.


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: Abby Keshena, Raged Kreiba, Aaralyn Gonzalez, Ryder O"keefe,Eilee Brutsch, Leora Starks, Eve Robinson, Nona Slevin, Tommy Moore, Andre Campbell, Andrew Mundt, Sarai Osborne, Joyce Yan, Maddy Reeves, Josh Elmer, Mia Ruedas, Maya Bartlett, Ella Babeon, Liam Penzenstadler, Michael Shi, Easton Marks, Jana Noble, Blake Wellington, Charlie Murphy, Teddy Rogala, Robert Lavacchi, Emma Carpenter, Scott McKay, Waker Baldwin, Bella McKay and Memphis Spencer



Thanksgiving Lunch Reminder:
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! 
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.

Coat Drive
November 13-20

University Park Student Council is sponsoring a Coat Drive for The Brandon Center. Brandon Center is a shelter program for homeless women and homeless women with children. The shelter provides assistance to those seeking refuge from domestic violence. We are accepting all coats, new and gently used in all sizes-children's, men's and women's.


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