IMPORTANT REMINDERS: There is no school Friday, February 14th for a Denver Public Schools Planning Day and no school Monday, February 17th for Presidents' Day. 

Spring Enrichment Registration will open Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00am. Scholarships are available! See the Neighborhood Center section of this newsletter for more information on registration as well as end dates for Winter enrichment.

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CMAS Testing Dates
Please take a moment to mark your calendars with our CMAS testing dates for grades 3-5. Our schedule this year will reflect our focus on condensing the testing timeframe to lessen the impact on daily instruction. As you will see we will be testing over the course of 6 days instead of our previous schedule which had students testing over 9 days. 
  • CMAS Literacy Grades 3-5 April 8, 9, 10 in the morning 
  • CMAS Math Grades 3-5 April 14, 15, 16 in the morning 
  • CMAS Science Grade 5 April 14, 15, 16 in the afternoon 
Please work to schedule appointments and vacations around these dates. If you know your student will be absent on one of these dates, please let your child's teacher know as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Team UPark

Yearbook Photos Needed!

We need your photos to make the UPark Yearbook a wonderful keepsake for all of our kids!  Please submit photos to

Spotlight on UPark
5th Grade

We recently got back from our overnight outdoor education field trip to Balarat.  We asked the kids to reflect on their trip about what they learned and valued from their experience:
  • At Balarat I learned that I am brave and I can do anything I set my mind to.
  • I had so much fun bonding with my class. 
  • Balarat will be one of the most memorable times in fifth grade. I had a ton of fun with my friends.
  • I learned that I do not need my phone to have fun. 
  • I was really scared to get on the big swing, but then my class started cheering for me and I felt way better.
  • I learned that I should spend more time outside exploring nature than inside on electronics.
  • Balarat helped me realize that it's okay to step out of my comfort zone.
  • The biggest thing I learned about myself at Balarat was to persevere and overcome my fears.
  • Something I learned about myself during the trip is that I can be alone without freaking myself out if I stay calm and relax and enjoy myself and nature. I'm willing to try anything new!
  • At Balarat I learned that I am good at working with people because during the group activities I was good at listening and giving ideas. 
  • My favorite part of Balarat was just being with nature and being away from technology. I got to just be myself there and I was just able to be free with nature itself.

Coming next week: Specials (Art, Drama/Music, Library, PE)!

The Choice Window Closes Tuesday!
January 15th - February 18th
The SchoolChoice enrollment application window for the 2020-21 school year begins at 8:30 a.m. on January 15, 2020 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on February 18, 2020. If you have friends and neighbors looking for a great school for the 2020-21 school year, tell them to apply now! All interested new families are encouraged to join one of our upcoming school tours here to learn more about our great school and community!

For all student that will be new to UPark for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the online Choice Process. This includes siblings of current UPark students that will be new to the school next year. 

If UPark is your boundary school you are guaranteed a spot, but we still ask you to complete the Choice Process for your new student. By doing this, you are helping us manage our classes and plan for next year. If your child currently attends University Park and you are not enrolling a new sibling, you do not need to complete this process.
If you have questions about SchoolChoice, contact the SchoolChoice Hotline at 720-423-3493; email; or visit You are also welcome to contact the UPark office at 720-424-3410 with questions.

UPark Auction

Unique Donations needed for the silent and live auction!!

Do you work for a company that might offer an exciting experience for the auction? Do you own a vacation home or timeshare that you are interested in donating for a week? We are looking for experiences like museum backstage looks, sports venue tours, brewery tours, chef's tables --- any unique experience that we can put into our fundraising auction. All of these offer great exposure at our live event on April 24th! 
We're also interested in things like landscaping design, interior design consultation, personal training, home organization -- do you have time and talent to donate? We'd love to chat. Please reach out to

Restaurant Night

Join us at the Garlic Knot in University Hills (2553 South Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222) on February 17th from 4pm-9pm. All dine-in and take-out orders are eligible (no delivery) - just mention UPark when you order and they donate proceeds back to our school!

UPark Backpack for Kids Food Program
Volunteer Day at Food Bank of the Rockies
Please join the UPark PTA's Backpacks for Kids Food Assistance program for our 2nd Annual Volunteer Day at Food Bank of the Rockies on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 8:35 AM to 12:00 PM. We are looking for 20 adults to volunteer in support of our UPark Backpacks for Kids food pantry. Each adult may bring up to two 4th or 5th grade students to volunteer alongside them as we pack boxes with non-perishable foods for Colorado families in need. For each person who volunteers for the 3.25 hour shift, Food Bank of the Rockies will credit our food pantry with 20 pounds of non-perishable food. This will go a LONG way in helping the 30+ UPark families the Backpacks for Kids program supports each week! 

Please volunteer by signing up HERE. Click the links below for additional forms and information. 
For more information, you may contact the UPark Backpack for Kids Committee chair, Ellen Landy, at  or (720) 434-4999.  

UPark Band Performance

The  UPark Intermediate  Band is playing with the  DU pep  band alongside students from Cory and Slavens schools for the final  DU Men's Basketball game of the season on Saturday February 29th at 1pm! We invite the UPark community to come support our students at the game. Tickets will be available through the school office until February 21st at a cost of $12 each with $7 from each ticket sold directly benefiting the  band program at UPark. 

For more information please contact Jason Olney at

Love My Air Denver Program

Have you noticed the new box by the kiss and go lane fence?  University Park Elementary is now a partner school in the Love My Air Denver program!  

As one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities, Denver experiences significant construction and traffic congestion, worsening our air quality. Only 53% of residents realize the impacts of poor air quality, including that children are more susceptible to its effects, such as decreased lung function and missed days of school. While multiple factors influence exposure to air pollution, schools are an ideal intervention point for sensor deployment, education and empowerment.

The Love My Air program, in partnership with Denver Public Schools (DPS), is creating a citywide air quality monitoring network to provide real-time air quality data. Visit the Love My Air website or click here for more information about UPark's participation.

Health Office Updates

K, 1, 2,- parents please put a change of clothes in your students' backpack for those, "just in case" moments. If you have spare clothing bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, etc...) that your students have outgrown we are in desperate need of size 5-8 bottoms in the health office for those "just in case" moments.  

Colorado is experiencing increased incidence of diagnosed influenza in the state this year. Denver Health and the Colorado Depart of Public health have asked that families please NOT drop sick children off at school. Students should be symptom-free without medication for 48 hours before they are "cleared" to return to school. This includes students who are confirmed with influenza, or develop signs of influenza or general gastrointestinal illness (diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever). Please do not return to school for 48 hours after symptoms have resolved. Click here for the flier.

Please also remember that no medications may come to school without a DPS medication form filled out by a medical provider. Medications that should not be at school include prescription, over the counter, lotions/gels, inhalers, vitamins and even items like cough drops. Having medications in backpacks is unsafe for the school community. Please contact our school nurse, Antoinette with questions.

DPS to Hold a Series of Public Meetings Concerning the Rosedale Elementary School Building

Meeting Tonight!
Denver Public Schools will hold a series of public meetings beginning in February to discuss the future of Rosedale, a DPS school building which has been closed and shuttered since 2005.  The district recently received a letter of interest for the purchase of the Rosedale building with the intent to reopen it as a private school. The   receipt of this offer has created a great opportunity for DPS and the community to come together and discuss all potential options for the future of the Rosedale site.  The goal of the public meetings will be to discuss all options for the building including reopening it as a public school, leasing the property, leaving the property in the current state or selling it.  Denver Public Schools is working in collaboration with the Rosedale Harvard Gulch Neighborhood Organization and UC Denver students on this community engagement. DPS will reach out to encourage neighbors, schools, communities and other interested stakeholders to join the conversation. Click here for meeting information.


Winter Enrichments Ending Soon
Tuesday-Friday Winter enrichment classes will end February 25th-28th (based on the day of week). Monday enrichments will end on March 2nd. 

Spring Enrichment Registration
Spring enrichment registration opens Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00am and closes Monday, March 2nd at 6:00pm. Click here to see the spring class offerings and for information on registering. 

Scholarships are available for Spring Enrichment! To apply for a full or half scholarship please fill out THIS form and email it to Julia Lamberton no later than Monday, March 2nd.

New Family Managed Calendars-Discovery Link
In regards to the new Family Managed Calendars for this upcoming school year, we would like to provide you as much support as possible as we try to navigate this change. This   video  on the Discovery Link website can provide more information about the process or email with questions. While we cannot guarantee that there will be a spot for your student each requested day, we are currently operating well under capacity. We will do the best we can to address your questions, concerns, and communicate further developments.

Discovery Link Spring Camp Registration
UPark's Discovery Link Spring Camp (March 30th, April 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th) registration will open February 14th and closes March 23rd. Feel free to contact Julia during this time for any assistance.

Discovery Link Summer Camp Registration
Discovery Link Summer Camp registration is open. Click here for camp details and click here for registration information and instructions.
Discovery Link is Hiring!
Discovery Link at University Park is hiring for a Program Leader and Staff Aide. If you enjoy working with kids and are looking for a fun, part-time job opportunity then you should join the UPark Discovery Link team!  We offer a flexible schedule, perfect for college students and parents. Click HERE for more information and instructions on applying. Please contact Ms. Julia Lamberton for more information.

We are also welcoming a new staff member, Corey Kidder to the Discovery Link After School Program. Stay tuned for her bio in the next newsletter!
Please e-mail Program Supervisor, Julia Lamberton at  or Enrichment Coordinator, Kyle Wiley at .

University Park Elementary Calendar

Click on the calendar icon to the right, look below, or visit the  University Park Website to access calendar information!

*At the end of each month we will be donating all clothing in the lost and found and anything left in the halls.