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UPark Calendar: No School Dates

Please see the 2018-19 UPark Calendar linked below the email signature in this box. It outlines the dates that DPS will be closed as well as provides the two dates that University Park will participate in school specific planning. On these dates, November 26th and February 19th, there is no school for UPark students. Please contact me with any additional questions

Thank you,
Team UPark

PTA News


The UPark Auction Committee is Meeting TONIGHT at 7pm at Asbury Provisions. Enjoy a fun night away from kids and come help make our Spring Auction an amazing event. Lights, Camera... AUCTION!
Apple Campaign

The Apple Campaign is very close to the end of its All-Star promotion. Look at these numbers and remember, if you haven't donated to Apple, this is the time. 

The promotion for the most donations to win a whole grade All-Star party ends TOMORROW, November 9th!  Hurry and Donate here !
PTA Meeting

Please join us in the Art room on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00pm for our November PTA meeting. UPark alumni babysitters will be on site with snacks and activities for your kids. Please RSVP here.
Picture Retake Day

If we did not see your student on picture day or you would like a new image, our picture retake day will be held on Tuesday, November 13th. If your student did not have their picture taken on picture day pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online now at using UPark's access key provided here VA8ZESKL. Online pre-orders using the school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day. Order envelopes can be picked up in the main office if you choose not to order online. If you were not happy with the original pictures return the picture package on retake day to exchange for a new picture.

Annual Thanksgiving Lunch
University Park welcomes students and families to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a turkey lunch in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, November 14th. The lunch will be held at your student's regularly scheduled lunch time. 
Click here to view the Thanksgiving lunch menu.

Multicultural Night
The University Park Multicultural Feast is on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30-7:00! Feasting is a way of honoring a community. It is a celebration of gratitude for our children, their families, and our school community. It is a celebration of our diversity and our shared beliefs and values. Over 20 different nations are represented in our student body as well as many diverse cultures.
Join us November 15th to feast, celebrate and share. Each family is asked to contribute a dish that represents their cultural or religious roots or just a family favorite! Main dishes, vegetables, salads, breads, and desserts are all welcome - choose your favorite dish to share. If your life is so busy that you can't cook, a store-bought dish is fine too. Water, drinking cups, paper plates, dinnerware, and napkins will be provided by the PTA.
There are other ways to share as well. You can wear traditional clothing, display art or objects that represent your roots. What is central and critical to our feast is sharing -- sharing the organizing and planning, sharing the work and expenses, sharing the preparation, sharing the food, and sharing the clean-up. It really is not about food; it is about sharing and community!  Please email Anita Murano at  to let us know what you can share with the group.

UPark Core Values

Update on Wizard Hats/Owl Tickets:
In an effort to update the UPark Wizard Hats, we are renaming them "Owl Tickets". This better aligns to both our school mascot and our focus on our five core values- Caring, Cooperation, Responsibility, Respect and Joy. Owl Tickets will:
  • Focus on the school's trait of the month
  • Be given for going above and beyond in one of the five core values
  • Give students a chance to participate in the weekly "Owl Tickets" photo shared in the parent newsletter
  • Be posted on the new "UPARK" letters in our main hallway
UPark is celebrating our core value of "Caring" for the months of November and December:
Definition: Showing kindness and concern for others
This month, classrooms will be discussing the definition of caring, and participating in a read aloud on this topic.
Each classroom will also be participating in an activity on "World Kindness Day" held on Tuesday, November 13th.

2nd Grade Service Learning Project
As part of our community study and service learning, second graders are planning to work with the Child Rescue Foundation and the Teddy Bear Project.
You can be a part of this 2nd grade project by: 
  • Collecting new or "slightly loved" stuffed animals of all kinds, not just teddy bears. 
  • Bring the animals to a second grade classroom during the month of November. 
These stuffed animals will be given to children in the Denver Community as well as around the world. Some organizations benefiting are Children's Hospital, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver County Court Day Care and more. 
Click  here  to learn more about the Child Rescue Foundation.
Thank you for your help!

Immunization Records
Current, completed immunization records are due Tuesday, November 27th. All families that need to bring in updated records will receive a notice from Antoinette, our school nurse. Please contact Antoinette with questions or for immunization clinic information.

Red Apple Recycling (Little Red School House)

Red Apple Recycling will be removing the little red school house near the staff parking lot to provide us with an updated donation box. The new box will be installed this January. We will begin accepting donations again once we receive the new box. Please contact the main office with questions. 

Yearbook Photos
GOT PHOTOS? We would love to include them in this year's yearbook! You can email them to  or you can upload them through the University Park app. Thank you!

UPark Faculty Kitchen Lovin'

Hello UPark families! The UPark Faculty Kitchen needs a little lovin' and supplies are low. Can you help?

We still need:
New or Gently Used Metal Forks (24)
New or Gently Used Metal Spoons (60)
New or Gently Used Metal Knives (30)
Pump Hand Soap Refills (3)
  • Sign up here to choose items to donate to our faculty kitchen.
  • Supplies can be dropped off in the main office.
Thank you in advance!

Dana O'Connor (Parent volunteer)


Enrichment classes that end EARLY, the week of 11/5 : AM Pottery, AM Rock Climbing with Sidney (T), Yoga (M, T) with Mr. Herman, KidStage - TROLLS. Mr. Herman's Thursday Yoga class ended on Thursday, 11/1.

The KidStage performance of Trolls is Friday, November 9 at 6 pm. Please enter through door #15 before 6 pm. Thank you!

All other enrichment classes (not listed above) end the week of 11/12! Winter enrichment starts on 11/27.

Enrichment registration is currently open and closes on Monday, November 19 at 6 pm. Click here for the course catalog and registration instructions. If you need assistance getting into your account or need help with registration, please contact Austin at or Kyle at Please send in any class cancellations by Friday, November 23 for a full refund.
University Park Elementary Calendar

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

UPark Owl Ticket Students 
Trait of the Month (November/December): Caring

Congratulations to last week's Owl Ticket students! They were recognized by their teachers for above and beyond positive behavior. 
Owl Tickets are given to students for going above and beyond in one of our five core values: caring, cooperation, responsibility, respect and joy. Owl Tickets f ocus on the school's trait of the month, g ive students a chance to participate in the weekly "Owl Tickets" photo and will be  posted on the new "UPARK" letters in our main hallway.

*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).