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FUN RUN this Sunday, September 21st!
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 The 9th Annual Fun Run and Carnival is this SUNDAY!  Plan to run, eat, and play all afternoon:  1 mile run/walk @ 11:30, Carnival 12-3pm with face painting, hamster balls, carnival games, music, and more!

Principal UpdatePrincipal

Thank you to all our parents who came to our PTA meeting last week.  We are very fortunate to have such an involved parent community at UPark.  Updates from last week's meeting can be found in our PTA section in this newsletter. 


Please say hello to Mallory Moss, the newest staff member to our UPark family!  Mallory started this week as a Para-professional supporting our 1st grade classes. 


During my first few weeks as Principal of UPark, I went through an assessment of our building and put together a fairly extensive list of requests to DPS for facility improvements.  As I mentioned at Back-to-School Night, DPS gave us about $25,000 to replace the carpeting in our Library, and to convert most of our classroom chalkboards to whiteboards.  Our Whiteboard Conversion project has started in our upstairs classrooms, and will continue next week.  I'm happy to say DPS will also provide a new circulation desk, countertop and other upgrades for our library before the winter break.



Thanks to everyone who came to our first PTA meeting last week!  Our meetings will typically be on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30pm.  You don't need to attend every meeting, but you do need to be a paid PTA member in order to vote on budgets and board members.  Please consider joining the PTA HERE  and see  the notes from our last meeting HERE


Orange Theory Fitness  (Cherry Hills) is a generous supporter of UPark.  In addition to sponsoring our school this year, they are extending lower pricing to UPark families and staff and will give the PTA money for every membership sold!  Learn more HERE


The Home Tour Committee will have its first meeting of the school year on October 14.  Please contact Carrie Alleman at uparkhometour@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with this fundraiser.


Looking forward to seeing everyone at the FUN RUN this Sunday!  We still have a few volunteer spots left HERE for those who can help! (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4cafab2da02-uparkfun)


Donate to the Apple Campaign HERE



Collaborative School CommitteeCSC

CSC had their first meeting last week.  You can view the notes here.  The scope & purpose of the committee was reviewed.  Budget approval happens in February of every school year. 


The CSC has 3 major charges:

  • Understand the school & district goals, and get school community involvement to help achieve those goals

  • Give strategic direction in support of the school's mission & vision

  • Be in compliance with state & federal laws - the committee provides guidance, but does not get involved with day-to-day operations of the school, individual parent/student issues, or personnel issues

Our goal this year is to keep the community more informed of our school & district academic goals, as well as the evolving mission & vision of UPark under our new principal leadership.


University Park Elementary Calendarcalendar

Snapshot of upcoming dates below.  To access more detail or future dates, please go to the University Park Website and click on the google calendar, or click on the calendar picture to the right.  Once your google calendar pops up, hit the "agenda" button to see it in list form like it is below.


Please join the Great Harvest Bread Co. of Denver (owned by DPS parents) and the Denver Public Schools' Educational Outreach Program for their ninth annual Whole Grains for Growing Brains fundraiser.  On Saturday, October 18th, the Great Harvest Bread Co. located in the Belcaro Center at 765 South Colorado Boulevard will donate 100% of our sales to the DPS Educational Outreach Program to support their efforts to support homeless students in our school system.  This is not a donation of profit, nor is it a donation of a percentage of sales.  Every cent taken in on this special day will go directly to this important program that helps our community's children face their many challenges with food, clothing, transportation, and other necessities so many of us take for granted.  Customers on October 18th will also have the opportunity to buy bread and donate it back to this cause.  Donated bread will be distributed to families in Denver homeless shelters.  Please help us spread the word about Whole Grains for Growing Brains 2014, and please consider shopping at our bakery from 6:00am to 6:30pm on this day for the children in our school district that need us the most.



University Park Elementaryenrichment

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



Thank you to all our families who have registered students in both our FREE & PAID enrichment programs, and for your patience with some of our longer registration lines.

All of our enrichment programs have started this week are going great! Please email or call me if your student is going to miss a class date and include in the message the student's first and last name, and class they will miss.

For our early morning Kaleidoscope program, to our after school Kaleidoscope and enrichment programs, our goal is to provide a fun and engaging experience for your children during every part of their day.

Questions about After School programs or KC? Call Omid Amini at 303-241-7938


5 Star Wizard Hat Students:wizard

Congratulations to last week's 5 Star Wizard Hat students! They were recognized by their teachers for positive behavior. 


Last week's students include: Bailey Atkinson, Aya Awad, Abbie Bettinger, Ivy Bieker, Del Bolinske, Sophia Cho, Wyatt Houston, Frankie Jackson, Keesun Jackson, Nola Lake, Eden Lyons, Grace McFarland, Abby McPherson, Duncan Monroe, Zayne Morton, Anna Muilenburg, Mary Jane Murphy, Nick Neuhalfen, Lucinda Noble, Elizabeth Sliter, Maddie Steuer, Gabby Pappas, Sunshine Tafoya, Finola White, Jackson White, Maddy Reeves, Ari Waanders, Ryder Ward, Wyatt Woessner, and Ali Yassin



Important Meal Information:lunch

We hope that your child will enjoy a "home cooked" meal with us every day. Breakfast is free to all DPS students and lunch is only $1.60. Following is information concerning our meal policy and payments.


Meal payments may be made with check/cash (place in a sealed envelope noting full name and ID # of your child) and left with the office staff or taken to the kitchen manager. Also, payments may be prepaid on: http://mylunchmoney.com . Parents find it helpful to set an automatic amount to be charged to their credit card on this payment system.


Charge Policy:

Any student in grades ECE - 5, who forgets or loses his/her money may charge up to $4.80. Prior to this limit being reached, a written notice will be given to the student to notify the parent/guardian (and placed in Thursday/Friday folder). If payment for charges is not received by the time this charge limit is reached, an alternate meal (cheese sandwich and white milk) will be served. If charges are still not paid after 3 alternate meals have been served, then the student will be served a healthy snack of white milk and graham crackers. We will not charge for the alternate meal or healthy snack. All other charges MUST be paid back. The manager will send the principal an email every day stating which kids were served an alternate meal. If a student is "free", we will NOT give them an alternate meal or healthy snack or force them to pay for outstanding charges; however, these charges will still need to be paid back. Only "reduced" or "paid" students will receive the alternate meal or healthy snack. The kitchen manager will communicate with the principal or guidance counselor about students who do not have money on their account or who have not filled out a meal application. No charges are allowed grades 6-12.


Milk...Charges are not allowed for milk, so please make sure money is in your child's account if all they want is milk. Milk is 50 cents.


Experiencing financial difficulties?   Your child may qualify for a free and or a reduced priced meal. You can obtain an application from the kitchen manager or access the application online at: http://foodservices.dpsk12.org/freereducedinfo.html .   Until approval of meal statusfrom Food and Nutrition Services , please make sure that your student has funds in their account or provide a lunch for home.


Robo Calls on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, parents/guardians will receive a call from the district letting them know that their child has a negative meal account.

Questions about our meal program or charge policy? Feel free to contact the University Park Kitchen Manager at 720-424-3420 or Beth Schwisow, Food Service Area Supervisor at 720-423-5695 beth_schwisow@dpsk12.org


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 it's 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