2300 S. St. Paul St., Denver, CO 80210
720-424-3410
Principal
You should have received an email yesterday from UPark to confirm the learning option that is currently selected for your student. Much like this semester, we hope to offer in-person learning starting in January along with a 100% virtual option, but it will depend on current health conditions at the time. Please respond to that email by filling out the form linked in the email to confirm your learning choice.

This information will help us with planning for instruction in January. We appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible if you plan to change your student's learning option.

DPS families with students in grades K-5 can request a change to their current learning option. The window for making this change is Monday, Nov. 30th through Sunday, Dec. 6th. If you would like to change your student's learning option please contact the UPark office at 720-424-3410 or email Sharon Rusin (sharon_rusin@dpsk12.org) and Alexis Matter (alexis_matter@dpsk12.org).

Sincerely,
Eric Atonna
Team UPark

PTA
PTA MEETING
The next UPark PTA meeting is coming up on Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm. 
JOIN US VIA ZOOM: 
Meeting ID: 844 4506 2799
Passcode: tQauK9 
 
If you haven't joined the PTA yet, membership is only $10 and you can join HERE. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting - you do not have to be a paid PTA member to attend. 
University Park Scholastic Book Fair Kicks Off Today!!
This fall University Park is hosting a Virtual Book Fair from December 3 - December 16 that will be loaded with all your child’s favorite authors, series and characters! Find the perfect books for your student and support our school at the same time! Click here for the UPark Scholastic Book Fair web page to start shopping. View the interactive flier to see just some of the thousands of books that are available.
Yearbook Cover Art Contest-Open to Grades 3-5
Submissions Due Tomorrow, December 4th!
Would your student like to be the artist of the 2020-21 yearbook cover?
  • This contest is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • All you need to do is print this template or use a white 8 1/2 x 11" piece of paper and let your student design whatever he or she thinks would look great on the cover of UPark's yearbook. Think owls, core values, friendship, math, science, etc. Anything goes! The design can be black and white or as colorful as they'd like.
  • The deadline to enter is December 4th. Students can take a picture and upload their design in Seesaw (use the yearbook cover assignment from Ms. Hale) or email the photo of their art submission to uparkpta@gmail.com.
  • Make sure to KEEP this paper in a safe place until a winner is selected. We will need to obtain the original drawing from the winner.
Multilingual Family Information Session
Mrs. Ritz will be having an Informational Meeting on Thursday, December 10th
at 5:00PM!  This meeting will be on Google Meet. To join the meeting use code: uparkesl

Translations will be available via Closed Captioning during the Google Meet!

Topics:
How to help your students at home with your native language.
Multilingual Program Process.
Resources for your family!

Click here for meeting information translated into multiple languages.
Holiday Gift Community Resource
The Denver Santa Claus Shop is a holiday gift community resource for residents of Denver, which provides toys for the holidays to families in need. Children ages 0-11 are able to benefit from the program. This year, toy distribution will occur via mobile distribution during December 11th-December 15th. Families who receive services from DHS or other social services automatically qualify to participate. To see if you automatically qualify and/or pre-register by December 10th, click here. If you do not automatically qualify, but require support for this holiday season, please reach out to our school psychologist, Alicia Vega (alicia_vega@dpsk12.org) for a referral by December 8th. 
Final Restaurant Night of 2020 - Take Cuba Cuba to-go!
On December 10th, from 11am to 9pm, Cuba Cuba (654 S Colorado Blvd) will be donating 20% from UPark supporters’ take-out orders back to our PTA. Grab a tasty lunch, dinner, or both! Orders must be placed by phone or in-person (no app orders, please). 
Holiday Adopt A Family Gift Cards
Dear UPark Families,
 
We are excited to announce the continuation of the UPark Holiday Adopt-A-Family program!
 
In our UPark community, we have a number of families who benefit from the generous donations provided through this program. We started this tradition three years ago, and we received a lot of support. Our families receiving these gifts appreciated the opportunity to shop for their children, and it was easy for donors to participate!

If you would like to participate in the Adopt a Family program, we ask that you do so by
purchasing a gift card to Target in an amount that is comfortable for you and your family. If that amount is over $25, we ask that the additional amount be put on separate cards for ease of distribution (For example: If you would like to donate $50, purchase 2 gift cards with $25 on each card). You can purchase cards in one of two ways:
  1. Purchase Target gift cards online and email card details to alexis_matter@dpsk12.org.
  2. Purchase physical Target gift cards and drop off at the UPark main entrance during the following times:
  • Monday 12/7 11:30-2:00pm
  • Tuesday 12/8 8:30-11:00am
  • Wednesday 12/9 1:00-3:00pm
  • Friday 12/11 1:30-3:30
  • Monday 12/14 9:30-12:00pm
  • Call the main office if none of these times work

The deadline to get cards to us is Monday, December 14th.
 
Thank you in advance for giving what you can. Your generosity will make this season brighter, and bring joy to others in our UPark community! 

If your family would benefit from receiving gift cards this year please fill out this Google Form or call the main office at 720-424-3410. Please let us know no later than December 14th. We will then be in touch to schedule the card pick-up or drop-off.
 
May you and your loved ones share a warm and wonderful holiday season!
 
Sincerely,
Alicia Vega
UPark Psychologist
Remote Learning and Technology Support
Colby, our UPark technology partner will be in the building for in-person support Tuesdays from 1:30-4:00pm and Fridays from 7:30-10:00am. To schedule technical support on one of these days call please call our technical support line at 720-423-3822.

If you need immediate support you can call the main office at 720-424-3410 or check out resources on this UPark Community Resources document.
Support UPark by Ordering Through Minted!
UPark friends and family get 20% off all holiday card and gift orders from Minted, October through December, when you use our unique promo code. Minted will donate 15% of each order amount back to us!
Social/Emotional Learning Information
Social/Emotional learning is a critical part of the work that we are doing at UPark, especially in these unique times. Please check out the Social/Emotional Tips of the Week, by clicking the links below. 


If you'd like to access the Positive Action family kit, visit the website linked below, and create a log-in. From there you'll be able to digitally access lessons to use with your child at home. Positive Action Family Kit.
UPark Health Office
Free COVID Testing Available for All Community Members
Now through the end of December, free COVID-19 testing is available to all community members. Through a partnership with Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, COVIDCheck Colorado -- which has been providing free testing to all DPS employees -- is offering free tests for all employees, their families and members of the Denver community to help slow the spread of COVID.

Community members can use this link to schedule a free test at one of several locations throughout the Denver-metro area. Please register for a test in advance to help manage testing flow and reduce wait times.

Denver Health School Based Health Clinics
Covid-19 Testing is Available
Denver Health is excited to offer testing to ALL DPS STUDENTS when they are sick. Denver Health currently DOES NOT do any testing for anybody who does NOT have symptoms even if they are asked to quarantine because they were in contact with a case. In summary:
  • Testing available for all students who are sick and evaluated by a provider
  • NO contact tracing testing
  • NO testing for anyone without symptoms
  • NO testing for exposure without symptoms
  • NO screening testing (ie a back to school test)

School Based Health Clinic Information Line at 303-602-8958
Please click here for specific clinic locations and information.
Student Meals Available During Remote Learning
Free breakfast and lunch meals are available to DPS families at 37 DPS school locations during remote learning. Visit the food distribution website for details and locations. Meals will be available Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

DPS Food Distribution 
Click below for fliers with additional details.
Discovery Link Offering Remote Learning Support Camps to Elementary Students
With the shift of all K-12 grades and programs to remote learning through Dec. 18, Discovery Link will not offer before and after school programs and will shift to offering Remote Learning Support Centers for elementary school students.

Remote Learning Support Centers will be available at multiple locations for families who need support, available from 7 a.m.-4 p.m with a capacity of 30 students per site. The majority of locations will cost $16 per day, with eight grant-funded locations being provided free to families who attend those schools. Spots at Remote Learning Support Centers are limited, and available on a first come, first-served basis. You can choose the site closest to you during registration, which is now open.


If this cost is prohibitive to your family, contact discovery_link@dpsk12.org to see how we may be able to support. Please note that cost is subject to change after December if remote learning continues.
University Park Elementary Calendar

To access additional calendar information click here or visit the calendar link on the University Park Website.