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Kids Halloween Costume Exchange
On Friday, October 7th after pick up (3:45pm) in the school gym, we will hold our first ever Halloween Costume Exchange. If you have Halloween costumes that your kids no longer need or want, and/or your kids want to find a costume for this Halloween, then please donate your costume and come look for a "new to you" costume.  (Please note you don't have to donate a costume in order to have your child come and pick out a costume).
We will be accepting gently used costumes starting tomorrow Friday, September 30th in the front office or next week starting Wednesday, October 5th thru Friday, October 7th in the mornings at drop off near the Fun Run am running track.  After the exchange if we have any costumes left, we will donate the costumes to UPark and a local charity.

Grant Varveris
Team UPark

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


King Soopers Grocery Gift Card Fundraising
Our grocery card program is a no hassle/no cost way to raise funds for the UPark PTA. The UPark PTA has free re-loadable King Soopers grocery gift cards that give 5% of every dollar spent back to the University Park PTA. This fundraising tool allows our PTA to receive money from King Soopers without having to ask our family community to spend any of their own money! Our goal this year is to raise $12,500 from the King Soopers grocery card program.
To participate, please email to receive your re-loadable grocery card. The card comes with $2.50 pre-loaded on it. The next time you are at King Soopers, have the cashier put additional money onto your grocery card anytime before they ring up your groceries. Then you can use the grocery card to pay for your groceries and/or your gasoline when you go to King Soopers gas stations. When your grocery card runs out of money, you simply reload it at King Soopers with a cashier, and repeat. 
Every dollar spent by UPark families at King Soopers could benefit our school, so don't forget to use your King Soopers grocery card at check out. If you don't have a card please email to get one!
Thanks for supporting our school!

Fun Run and Carnival
Mark your calendars for the 11th annual UPark Fun Run and Carnival Sunday, October  23rd!

The school fun run starts at 11:30. The carnival goes from 12-2:30.  Registration forms went home last week.  Please return them to your child's teacher or the front office with checks made out to UPark PTA. Click here for a digital copy of the form.
Important dates
  • Registration packets due Tuesday 10/18
  • Before school lap running October 5th -Oct. 21st at 8:40-look for the running shoe sign by the track (please note the registration form incorrectly states October 10th as the start date for AM fun run)
  • Tee shirts will go home with students on 10/20
  • Students wear their shirts on Spirit Day 10/21
  • Fun Run and Carnival Sunday 10/23
Most important
Parents please consider volunteering an hour and 15 minutes of your time to help us make this event a HUGE success. There are a lot of different ways to help out. Click below to sign up.

Thank you!
Thank you to all the 5th graders who created a logo for this year's Fun Run t-shirt. The drawings were all amazing. The winner this year was Austen Ford for his modern, signage style logo. Thank you Carol Redmond, our art teacher, for helping. Way to go Austen! 
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

Restaurant Night

Our first restaurant night is TONIGHT at Chick-fil-A (7785 E Hampden Ave, Hampden and Tamarac). Eat at Chick-fil-A any time between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm (all day) and a percentage of your purchase will go to University Park. Make sure you mention UPark at checkout. See the flier for more information. 

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.

*Please note the Fun Run and Carnival registration form incorrectly states that the morning fun run goes from October 10-21. The correct dates are October 5-21.
Walk or Bike to School Day

Join University Park on Wednesday, October 5th  to walk or bike to school!

Looking for a healthy way to start the day? Jump-start your morning  by walking with your child to school. Take some time to promote health, safety and the environment by walking  with your child to school - or just simply taking a walk together. When you get to school, find gym teacher, Tracy Hartin's table, sign the banner, and get a sticker that says you participated in Walk to School day!
Do you live too far away?  Do you ride the bus?
If you live too far from your child's school to walk or you ride the bus, you can drive part of the distance, then park and walk the rest of the way or meet us on the track before school and show your support. The before school Fun Run Program kicks off on October 5, in honor of Walk to School Day.  If there are kids who can't walk/bike to school, another alternative is to arrive to school early and run the track with the Fun Run Program. 
Walking to school is a great way to be a part of a global event and to promote health, to identify safer routes for walking, and to improve air quality. 
Walk for fitness and walk for fun!  See you on the track!

Picture Day

University Park picture day is this coming Tuesday, October 4th. You should have already received order forms in your Thursday folders. Please make sure they are returned to your student's teacher with payment no later than October 4th if you plan to order pictures. Picture retakes will be taken Tuesday, November 15th.  


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.

New After School Offering:
Pioneers Power Play! 
Does your student want extra help with Math? Reading? Writing? Give them some time on the Pioneers Power Play! This 6 week tutoring session will offer up to 9 student teachers per class from Denver University! The DU student teachers will help students with homework, subject specific worksheets, and educational games.
If you're interested in signing your student up, email Please indicate in the email: Student's name, grade, and subject(s) they want to work on.    
Dates of Classes
Room 203
10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14

University Park Elementary Calendar

3 ways to access calendar information! Go to the University Park Website,  click on the CALENDAR ICON, or look below!  


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: Emir Maloku, Evelyn Tamminga, Emerson Cord, Ken Kojima, Declan Todd, Carson Smith, Everett White, Houston Gonzalez, Giovanna Golan, Fiona McCaughey, Eliana Menkis, Ronin Wise, Reece Rotherham, Ella Sudar, Jaiden Lewis, Isis DeLaCruz-Ramirez, Elizabeth Sliter, Carl Kristensson, Cooper Morton, Luke Combs, Ian Stow, Seamus Slevin, Britany Rivas-Pinedo, Sarah Shigio, Madelyn Combs, Alex Inghilterra, Max Grimes, Ramsey White, Helen Reichert, Kyle Gutierrez-Carrasco, Finola White, Noah Hays, Kyra Hornung Standell, Julia Elsner, Gavin Arnold, Jacob White, Harrison Hemenway.

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).