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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. If you would like to donate a costume to the exchange, please bring it to the front office by Friday, October 11th.

Thank you,
Team UPark


Upcoming PTA Meeting

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our first PTA meeting of the year. We know it was a long one, but we covered a lot of important topics and approved our budget for the year. Future meetings will not go longer than 1 hour.

Please join us for our next PTA meeting this Tuesday, October 8th at 6 pm. This meeting will include an info session on Colorado Ballot Proposition CC, which would impact education funding.

Pizza and babysitting (for preschool and school age children) will be provided. Please  RSVP, including the number of children, so we can plan accordingly!

If you haven't joined the PTA yet, membership is only $10 and you can pay your dues  here

Spotlight on UPark
ELA (English Language Acquisition)
Hello!  مرحبا !Hola! Salut! from the ESL Department!

Welcome to our little corner of UPark!  We have been quite busy with new students and new teachers. Please join the UPark community in welcoming Patricia Ritz, our new half-time ELA educator and Senior Team Lead. It is an honor to have such an amazing and dedicated educator in our midst.

We have been working on topics from basic vocabulary (kindergarten) to writing personal narratives (4th and 5th). Our classes are about 45 minutes long and are filled with lots of singing, reading, and talking. Good thing we are at the end of the hall because it can get quite noisy! With our 3rd and 5th grades, we are wrapping up The Art of Getting Along.  We have been rehearsing and writing the language for polite greetings, requesting needs, and resolving conflicts! We are also aligning our lessons with the literature lessons in our classrooms and engaging in Close Reading Tasks along with answering question from various text using RAP (Re-enstate, Answer and Proof).

Don't forget to save the date of November 14th for our annual Multi-Cultural Night. We are planning on having some arts and music to go along with our yummy feast!

Coming next week: 3rd Grade!

UPark Apple Campaign

Here is a breakdown of how the Apple donations are coming in. The grade with highest percentage of participation, not dollars, by November 15th will win a popcorn party!  Donate today to support our school! To donate, click HERE or drop off a check made out to the UPark PTA in the main office. For questions, please reach out to Julia Gold (4th & 2nd grade parent) at .

Merrill Middle School Open House Tonight!

Merrill Middle School, your fabulous neighborhood Middle School, is hosting a 5th grade open house! All are welcome! This is a great opportunity for your family to meet current 6th grade teachers and learn more about Merrill. Click here for more information.
If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more, please feel free to schedule a Parent Tour/ Shadow Day at (u nder parents & students tab, then  p rospective students).

UPark Picture Day

Picture Day is  Tuesday, October 8th. You will find order envelopes in your student's Thursday folder today. Please return orders to your classroom teacher no later than the morning of October 8th. You may also order picture packages online  here using the UPark access key 8B5TSALR (details also found on the order envelope). Online pre-orders using this access key are available up to 4 days after picture day. 

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! 

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!

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.

i-Ready at Home

i-Ready is a new online program in reading and/or mathematics that is used at UPark to help your child's teacher(s) determine your child's needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. Remember there is no replacement to reading to your kids and having them read to you, but i-Ready can be a resource to add to what you are already doing at home to meet the academic needs of your your student. Click here for details on using i-Ready at home. 


Amanda Jensen, Discovery Link Program Supervisor will be leaving UPark and the Department of Extended Learning. Her last day will be on 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.