2300 S. St. Paul St., Denver, CO 80210



Individual Picture day is Tuesday, October 7th.  Order forms go home today.  Late orders WILL NOT be accepted. 
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Principal Update:

We need your help and support in our safety efforts at UPark.  Please make sure students are dropped off no earlier than 8:40am (8:30am for breakfast) unless they are in Band, Spanish, or Kaleidoscope.  Pick up time is 3:45pm unless a student is staying for Enrichment or Kaleidoscope.  It's important students are not left at the school outside of these supervised times for safety reasons.  Doors to the school remain locked before and after school.


Update from School Leadership Team (SLT):
The purpose of the SLT is to support a collaborative school climate by including teachers in the decisions made regarding the structure of their professional experience.  Members of SLT include the principal and elected teachers. 
During August/ September the SLT:
* Revised the master schedule to allow for smaller groups of students at lunch and recess.
* Supported opening the school with work around our values and reviewing school data.
* Surveyed the teachers regarding professional development needs.
* Created a professional development calendar for August - October. 

A note on communication - we love the progress made with our Parent Portal tool, but there is a small glitch with changing emails in this system.  If you change your email through Parent Portal, please also send a copy of the change to the University Park Office .  The Parent Portal does NOT update your email within our office for student records, for our Thursday communications, or for your Teacher and Room Parent communications.  We can only ensure the change is made globally if you let our office staff know of an email change.


Our whiteboard project is now complete!  It's great to see these upgrades in our classrooms!

PTA News:

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, October 7th at 6pm in the library.  You can see our agenda HERE.  Everyone is welcome, and we will have childcare.  If you'd like to join the PTA and haven't yet, you can join here.


The Apple Campaign is still underway, and we have until October 31 to raise the $20,000 that secures the $20,000 matching commitment from the generous members of our community.  We can't let this opportunity pass us by!  Please donate here.


Don't forget about our on-going fundraisers!  With continued support throughout the year, these fundraisers can make up to 20% of our financial goal.  Please click here.  To find out more about these fundraisers: Apple Campaign, Box Tops for EducationKing Soopers and Safeway CardsOffice Depot, AmazonTargetRed Apple Recycling



Remember, International Walk to School Day is October 8th! 

If you would like to help out with this event,

please contact pe teacher Tracy Hartin.

Science Fair Info Night:

Come join us on Thursday, October 9th at 6pm for an hour of science fair information and fun! John Harrington, a DPS science teacher and science fair afficiando, will be speaking to the parents in the auditorium regarding how they can support their child for the science fair.  Children in grades 3-5 may come and participate in a fun science fair experiment in the gym with the three 5th grade teachers. Please RSVP here.  Hope to see you there! 



Congratulations to Mrs. Wilson's class on winning the before school Fun Run Program contest.  Their class ran 299 laps and will celebrate with a parfait party.


Individual winners are:  Edan Schutt who ran 45 laps, Sunshine (Chenran) Li who ran 40 laps and Hannah Shigio who ran 38 laps.  They will each receive an ITunes gift card.  Way to go!!


Scholastic Book Fair is coming!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read to our school.  It's a wonderful selection of engaging a­nd affordable books for every reading level.  Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.


Book Fair dates: October 13, 2014 - October 17, 2014

Shopping hours: 8:00am - 8:55am and 4:00pm - 5:00pm all week (Monday - Friday)

Location: Library


And if you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair. Our online Fair is available from 10/06/2014 to 10/24/2014. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school!


University Park Elementary Calendar

Snapshot of upcoming dates below.  To access more detail or future dates, please go to the University Park Website and click on the google calendar, or click on the calendar picture to the right.  Once your google calendar pops up, hit the "agenda" button to see it in list form like it is below.

University Park Elementary

The place where students are inspired, engaged, and having fun!


Registration for free courses during the Fall Session 2 will be October 16th and you can register online through the link that will be provided in this section of the newsletter!  No more lines!  You will also have an opportunity to register in person with me on the same day after school in the cafeteria.  More information about classes and class dates will be in the next newsletter.


We are offering a new enrichment course, French Club, starting October 7th.  This is an 8 week program for $25.  Please click here for additional information and call Omid at 303-241-7938 if you would like to register.


Does your child LOVE spelling? Does he or she love to learn about word origins, types of language, new vocabulary? Does he or she like COMPETITIONS? Well, look no further! This year, we will have the UPark Semantics Team representing our school! Please click here for more information on this free and exciting opportunity!


Questions about After School programs or KC?

Call Omid Amini at 303-241-7938

5 Star Wizard Hat Students:

Congratulations to last week's 5 Star Wizard Hat students! They were recognized by their teachers for positive behavior. 


Last week's students include:  Trinity Taylor, Leela Perez-Cobo, CJ Maloney, Jake Hodas, Lorenzo Mitchell, Fynn Chaney, Clara Johnson, Luke Combs, Owen Alleman, Oshen Allen-Moss, Jaymes Keenan, Star Rivera, Theodore Rogala, Andrew Finley, Casey Clendenin, Julia Garfinkel, Lyla Quinn, Muqit Matin, Mia Ruedas, Lucy Lloyd, Evan Margolin, Ella Jackson, Shyla Trinen, Aya Saad-Masri, Wyatt Woessner, Molly Hallam, Diesel Montoya and Ni Wayan Pramita




Thursday Extras
This is where you will find a list of flyers that DPS or approved organizations have asked we pass out to our community.  Simply click on the flyer name to view in it's entirety.  Please check outside the office if you need a hard copy.

"Instruction ends in the school-room, but education ends only with life."

- Frederick W. Robertson