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During inclement weather, University Park will hold indoor mornings for school drop off. See below for instructions on what an indoor morning looks like.
  • Modified kiss and go is available at door 1 (main entrance)
    • Please be aware of all parking signs
  • Door 15 can be buzzed for breakfast starting at 8:30
  • Doors 1, 5, and 9 open at 8:40
  • Students go to the gym starting at 8:40. They CANNOT be here before 8:30 for breakfast or 8:40 for gym supervision (morning enrichment classes are held in the gym most mornings before this time).
Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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


PTA News
Thanks to all who attended our PTA meeting on Tuesday this week!  We will be posting the meeting minutes to the school website next week, so if you would like to review them, you will be able to find them here.
VOTE YES on 3A & 3B
At our PTA meeting this week, we heard from Anne Rowe, DPS School Board President (and our SE Denver School Board Representative) on why we should "Vote Yes on 3A & 3B", the 2016 DPS Bond and Mill Levy. If you would like more information on why you should support the 2016 Bond and Milly Levy, please read the 3A & 3B pamphlets (included below) explaining why DPS needs this funding and how DPS will use the money to improve our schools.  
Our PTA is supporting the VOTE YES on 3A & 3B campaign, and we encourage every family at UPark to read these materials, and VOTE YES!  If you would like a yard sign for VOTE YES on 3A & 3B, please come get one in the front office.
Calling All Volunteers
Kids and adults love the UPark Fun Run and Carnival, an annual community building event, so let's all pitch in to make it the best it can be!  Please consider volunteering for one of the volunteer shifts listed on the event Sign Up Genius (see Fun Run Section of the Newsletter).  

Fun Run & Carnival News
Registrations for the Fun Run and Carnival are due next Tuesday 10/18 to your teacher or the office. Wristbands and tickets will be at the ticket table the morning of the event.  We still need volunteers to pull off this event for the kids! Please sign up below.
Enjoy Radio Band's performance at the Carnival with our own UPark parents; Turi Gustafson and Tim Buckman. 
Also at the Carnival- you can buy spirit wear and participate in the Kids Raffle for a NEW bike and more... Tickets are 5 dollars each or 5 tickets for 20.00. 
Date: Sunday 10/23
Run starts promptly at 11:30
Carnival 12-2:30
See you then! 

2016-17 School Directory Distribution Today!

All families of UPark should receive one copy of our 2016-17 Student Directory in their child's Thursday folder today.  If your family did not receive a directory, please stop by the front office to get your copy.  (Note, only one copy per family is distributed.)

University Park Student Council

The UPark Student Council helps bring the student voice to the rest of the UPark community. They help set spirit week and organize special events. The following students will be a part of the student council this school year:  Maya Bartelt,  Angelina Holm,  Sophia Homburger,  Kellen Lubowicki,  Estrella Matute-Villatoro,  Violet Penzenstadler,  Avery Pollock,  Maddy Reeves,  Helen Reichert,  Phoebe Rogala,  Addie Samaras,  Edan Schutt.

Before School Fun Run

Warm up those legs for the Fun Run and join the Before School Fun Run Program October 5-21. 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"!

To volunteer sign up HERE.

Restaurant Night

Eat at Pei Wei  (3970 Buchtel Blvd) next Thursday, October 20th from 11:00am-9:00pm and they'll give 20% of sales to support UPark! Make sure to present this flier when you dine on the 20th. 

School Recess Reminders

Students should not bring any items from home to recess - examples below (this info is also in our student/family handbook. See link in principal section).
  • Cards
  • Jump ropes
  • Football
  • Basketballs
  • Etc.
Join the UPark Student Green Team!

Click here for our new "green" e-Application and Parent Permission form to sign your UPark student up to be a member of our Student Green Team! Any student K-5 is welcome. 

The student green team is a fun opportunity for students to gain experience in leadership while doing 2 projects to reduce waste at UPark.  We will hold space for at least 2 students per class and a limit of 50 students. You will receive an email confirmation if your application is accepted.  Meetings will begin 8:15 AM on Friday, October 14 in Ms. Cardenas' classroom (116) and will take place the 2nd Friday of each month. Students will be released to the playground to line up for the 8:55 bell.

Please direct your questions or interest  to UPark Teacher, Green Team Leader, Ms. Judy Cardenas  or Parent Leader, Crystal Moreno.  

Calling All Creative Parents!

Each year all the UPark grades join as one to create amazing class art projects. These masterpieces are then presented to the community and sold at our annual auction in the Spring. We are looking for ideas and parents to lead or facilitate these class projects. The possibilities are endless...painting, transforming a piece of furniture, a sculpture, a mosaic or any creative expression that the whole grade can do (approximately 75 kids).

If you have an idea, a special talent, artful expression, want to lead a class or possibly the whole effort,  email Dana O'Connor at


Registration for Discovery Day Camp on November 4th is now OPEN! Click  here to register.

Registration for Discovery Day Camp on October 27th and 28th is still open. Click here to register.

Questions? Contact  or call 720-424-3417.

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: Khrystyanna Pickett, Reese MacDonald, Kyra Hornung Standell, Kai Smith, Brady Kuehn, Marlowe Connors, Spencer Posey, Presley Finley, Jayden Reed, Clara Johnson, Ian Stow, Ryder Ward, Khloe Brown, Dexter Sheely, Marley Stoler, Juliet Montanaro, Adia Stoler, Kaden Frank, Trevor Welch, Carter Hammond, Celine Garcia, Annika Morton, Owen Fairchild, Kennon Lamm, Addie Wester, Jillian Samaras, Amelia Hall, Olive Davis, Rowan Mitchell, Luca Inghilterra.   

Because of technical difficulties, this week's wizard hat picture is not available. See the above list of wizard hat students that made a positive contribution to University Park this week!

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).