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SPF (School Performance Framework)

The Denver Public Schools 2019 SPF ratings will be made available to families starting tomorrow October 11th. You will be able to find all school ratings on the SPF website  here. I will be hosting a School Performance Framework question and answer session tomorrow afternoon from 4:00-4:45pm in the gym. Please review the SPF online and come to the session with any questions you would like answered. I will provide a brief overview of UPark's SPF results and will focus on the Q&A.

We will also be available from 4:00-5:00pm in the main hallway during evening conferences on October 15th and 17th in the if you have additional questions.

Thank you,
Team UPark


Halloween Costume Exchange

Are you looking for a place to donate the Halloween costumes your kids have outgrown? Or are you on the hunt for new Halloween costumes for this October 31st? Join us for our 4th Annual PTA Halloween Costume Exchange on Tuesday, October 15th after pick up on the blacktop (weather permitting)! You do not have to donate a costume to come find a new costume. 

We are looking for costume donations! If you would like to donate a costume to the exchange, please bring it to the front office by Friday, October 11th.

Spotlight on UPark
3rd Grade

Third grade has had a GREAT start to the school year! 
We dove right into our first two math units about "Multiplication of Friendly Numbers" and "Measuring Time, Liquid Volume, and Mass".
We LOVED learning about Animal Survival and Heredity in science.  We've answered questions like, "Where can you find a whale in a desert?" and "What might animals in the future look like?"
We've practiced responding to Text Dependent Questions with cool books about how people overcome challenges around the world in order to experience education and reading.
It is a lot but it's also interesting and fun. Don't you wish you were in third grade?

Coming next week: Special Education!

It's Time for the Fall UPark Book Fair!

The University Park Book Fair is scheduled for Monday, October 14 through Thursday, October 17. It will be located in the library and shopping hours will be from 8 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday ONLY. A portion of all book sales go directly to University Park. The Book Fair is a great time to pick up a hot new book, holiday gift, and something special to read over winter break. Please support University Park Elementary School by attending the Fall Book Fair!
Click HERE for times, locations online shopping and get information on how to sign-up for a student e-wallet. An e-wallet will allow students to purchase books during library time without cash or check.

Restaurant Night (and Day!)
Chook in Platt Park 
Skip the kitchen and check out Chook on Tuesday, October 15th! 10% of the entire day's sales will be donated to UPark. Bring the whole family! Click here for more details.

Chook, in Aussie lingo, means Chicken. Located on Pearl Street in Platt Park, Chook serves chicken and veggies cooked over a charcoal rotisserie. With a James Beard Award-winning chef as its co-founder, this isn't your average fast casual dining experience. There's even a special nook just for the kids with art and games! 

Owls Out and About !  
Have you ever read the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown?  This book is about a boy named Stanley who was flattened by a bulletin board in his sleep. His family finds that because he is flat it is much less expensive to mail him on journeys than to purchase an airplane or train ticket.  
Well we think our mascot here at UPark feels left out of such adventure! SO, we are inviting families to document our " Owls Out and Abou t " by taking adventure photos! 
You can show the Owl in photos via your UPark spirit gear (Fun Run shirts, other owl shirts, etc.) or your UPark magnet. You can also visit the office for an official UPark owl sticker that can be held with pride in your pics. 
On Instagram?   Please follow "UParkOwls" and tag us in photos of you, your owl, your family, and your adventure.
Like winning?  If you tag and/or send an owl pic our school's way, you will be entered to win a prize each month. Prizes may include lunch with the principal, a pick out of the treasure chest, gift cards or coupons, seasonal items, and more!
Will our  Owls Out and About   visit a pumpkin patch soon? Hide with the turkey over Thanksgiving Break? Head out of town? Possibilities are endless!  
PS: Future Owl fun will be announced via our Instagram page as well...including a contest on how to give our mascot an official name!

Health Office-Immunization Reminders

Letters are coming home for all students that need updated immunization records on file here at school. These letters indicate that your student's immunization record is incomplete. Please bring in updated documentation or contact Antoinette Schmitz, UPark Nurse, for more information.


Amanda Jensen, Discovery Link Program Supervisor will be leaving UPark and the Department of Extended Learning. Her last day was 10/4/19. As a parent of two UPark kiddos she expects to be at UPark often and looks forward to saying hello to everyone! There is not yet a replacement but hopefully one will come soon. In the meantime,   will be your main contact.
A couple of important reminders: 
  • Camp Day Registration
    • Discovery Link will offer all day camp care on some (but not all) days that students do not have school. Registration is open to ALL UPark families for the first camp days coming up in October. Please click HERE for info on dates, times, and pricing (including new discount bundles for multiple day registration!). Please click HERE for instructions on how to register.
    • NOTE: Registration will only be approved for students who have uploaded current immunization reports into school care works (this is separate from and in addition to immunization reports provided to the school at the beginning of the year). 
    • Please note the dates that camps are NOT offered (particularly during winter break) and plan accordingly!!
  • Enrichment info
    • All fall session registrations are closed and classes are in full swing. Please speak with the enrichment teachers directly if you have any questions or concerns about classes your students are enrolled in. is your additional support. 
    • Registration for the Winter trimester Enrichments will begin toward the end of October. We expect classes to fill quickly again, so please keep an eye out for information in the school newsletter.
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 

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 focus on the school's trait of the month, give 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.