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


NO SCHOOL next week (November 24-28)
Happy Thanksgiving!


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Principal Update:
Believe it or not, the first trimester of school is complete!  Report cards go home tomorrow.  Please make sure to sign and return the report card envelope, while keeping the report card at home.

Becoming a principal has been a professional goal of mine for some time.  It's hard to express how fulfilled I feel walking into work each day, knowing the extraordinary talent we have on our staff, the incredible parent support, and of course, the special spark that each one of our students brings daily.  I cannot imagine a more perfect setting than University Park to have started my Principal career.

That being said, I am always looking for ways to improve.  We've made lots of changes during the past 3 months around communication, technology, safety, and overall school processes.  I asked the CSC to create a quick survey to help me gather feedback on how parents feel the first trimester has been under my leadership.  Please take the time to provide your feedback.  The survey is in the CSC section of this newsletter.  If this survey does not cover specific feedback you would like to provide, please feel free to schedule personal time with me through the office staff.

I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and hope you enjoy the week off with family and friends.  This year, I am very thankful for my new University Park Family.

Grant Varveris

Team UPark

PTA & CSC News:



The PTA has assembled a Grant Writing Committee to find and select grant opportunities that meet UPark's needs, write these grants, review grants written by others, and track their outcomes.  We could use your help!  Do you know of a great grant opportunity?  Does your work provide matching funds?  Would you like to join the team?  Let us know by sending an email to Uparkgrants@uparkelementary.org.

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, December 2 at 6 pm.  Childcare will be provided.  

Thank you to UPark's ELA team, Rebecca Johnson, Nancy Ragab, and Anita Murano-Sweetman, for planning a fun and delicious Multicultural Night last week!



Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey below.  All responses are anonymous, and your feedback will provide valuable information to the CSC and Mr. Varveris.  Please complete by Monday, December 1st. 


UPark Satisfaction Survey 



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!



  • Kid Stage's last class AND PERFORMANCE is on 11/21!
    • The performance starts at 6:00PM
  • Computer Explorer's remaining courses are 12/3, & 12/10
    • No class 11/26
  • Omniform's remaining courses are 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, & 12/18
    • No class 11/27


New Enrichment Update:

  • The Winter Session's Course Catalog for UPark will be out to parents in early December

  • Once you register your student online, Omid will contact each parent for check or credit card payment

  • The Catalog will include paid and free courses.

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: Everett White, Rida Kreiba, Yufei Hu, Drake Miller, karson Christy-Kratz, Johnny Neuhalfen, Max newcomb, Helen Reichert, Qoteda Elgadi, Joyce Yan, Cooper Morton, Sam McPherson, Peyton Ray, Diesel Montoya, Wynn Morris, Magnus Houston, Laila Hilton, Zach Morrow, Molly Hallam, Addison Blackwood, Dylan Boal, Alvir Keranovic, Liam Homburger, Dania Gario and Nemo Duan



Art Room Update:

Thank you to all of those who have helped support the art room. The students are creating great artwork with all the cool stuff you have donated!


Here are a couple of updates:

Art Instagram-We now have an Instagram account! Search account name U.PARK_ART

DonorChoose.org- We have raised over 2/3rds of our funding goal! Mention the project on Facebook, Twitter, email, or website, to take advantage of the crowd funding movement. Together we can get the word out and fund this project!


Thanks again for all the support!

 Mr. Rivera


Click here to read the Art Room update in its entirety.

Silent Auction:
Market Your Business or Place of Work and Support


Support UPark and promote your business or place of work by donating to the upcoming silent auction, to be held in March. We are looking for gift baskets, gift cards, certificates for services, and many other types of donations!  If you would like more information or donation forms, email Dana O'Connor .

thanksThank you!

We raised over $100 in donations from the Thanksgiving lunch that will be donated to Food Bank of the Rockies.

Welcome to the MY Denver Card

Thanks to Denver voters' overwhelming support of Measure 2A in 2012, all Denver students ages 5 to 18 now have free, year-round access to the city's 23 recreation centers and 29 pools with the MY Denver Card. The MY Denver Card will also serve as youths' Denver Public Library card, giving Denver's children the keys to learning and staying active.  All 23 recreation centers provide free drop-in activities for youth during out of school hours. 


New Benefits Offered

Cultural institutions throughout the city have partnered with MY Denver to give youth and their families discounted admission to enjoy and learn more about what makes Denver great. These institutions are the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Denver Zoo, the Denver Center for Performing Arts, History Colorado Center, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum.


To learn more about the MY Denver card go to Denvergov.org/MYDenverCard.

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