Newsletter Wednesday November 19 2014


University Park Elementary School


November 19, 2014

Message from Ms. Davis

We would like to officially welcome Mr. John Malter, grade 5 teacher back to UPES.  Grade 5 students were in good hands with Mr. Timothy Hunt, Mr. Geoff Favero, and Ms. Kitty Moore during Mr. Malter’s absence.  Thank you to the parents who attended the Musical Parent Meeting last Thursday morning and evening.    The auditions were held Monday, November 17th and there were over 60 children who tried out for a role in Seussical Junior.   I am very excited to see the final production.  The next Eagle Newsletter will be coming home December 3, 2014 but I am only a phone call or email away if needed. 


First Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies

This year there will be two Honor Roll Assemblies held in the cafeteria for students in grades 2-6 on November 25, 2014.  The assembly will begin at 8:15 a.m. for students in grades 2-3.  The assembly for grades 4-6 will begin at 8:55 a.m. Students have the opportunity to earn the Principal’s Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Eagle Effort, and Attendance Awards.  Attendance Awards will be given to students in their homerooms; however, students earning perfect attendance with no tardies for the quarter will be acknowledged during the Awards Assembly.


Students in grades 2-6 who qualify for each level of honor roll will be identified by the Department of Student Applications based on grades entered on student report cards in elementary schools.


The following criteria will be used to identify students at each level:

a. Principal’s Honor Roll: Students with at least a 4.0 GPA with no grade on the report card below an “A”.


b. Honor Roll: Students with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher with no grade lower than a “C”.




Musically Yours

UPES 2014 Winter Concert! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

7:00 pm


Season's greetings! The Music Department of UPES would like to invite all students, family, friends, faculty, and more to our 2014 Winter Concert. The event will take place at 7:00 PM in the school's cafeteria on stage.  Please come listen to what is sure to be a wonderful performance from the chorus, band, and orchestra programs.  The Hyattsville Middle School Choir has also been invited to share their music with us at this event. We hope to see you all there!


Important information: Student performers are to report to UPES no later than 6:30 PM wearing black bottoms and a white top. 


News From the Media Center


Write-A-Book is optional for all this year, but despite that over 80 students in grades Kindergarten to Six have signed up! The first round of drafts are rolling in. There are entries in every category, poetry: non-fiction, illustrated fiction, and picture books. The Write-A-Book committee is excited to read them over and provide feedback in the next few weeks. We will return drafts to students after Thanksgiving break to allow students time to consider suggestions, make edits, and refine their stories.


Write-A-Book timelines are below.




Drafts are returned to participants.


Second drafts are due.


Second drafts are returned to participants.


Final Drafts are due and must comply with ALL Write-A-Book rules at this time.

Week of 1/12-16

Write-A-Book submissions will be bound. This will take place both during the day, and in one evening with the support of parent volunteers.


Judging is conducted.


Submissions are returned to UPES

5/13, 7-9PM

Annual Write-A-Book Award Ceremony




Media Center

The Media Center is abuzz with research for the upper grades right now! Laptops are out, databases are on and students are asking, exploring, and ultimately answering questions they have generated. Grades two through five are exploring Italy and Italian culture. Who are the greatest Italian soccer stars? Who was Michelangelo and what did he do? What kind of animals live in Italy? The sixth grade is beginning an author study on an author of their choosing. Did you know that Lemony Snicket is the pseudonym of Daniel Handler? That J.K. Rowling was a single mother?


Along the way we are thinking about how to frame questions, evaluate resources, and look for bias. The library word for this unit is skeptical, encouraging the students to take a skeptical stance when they read information. 


The primary grades are finishing up immersing themselves in the always brilliant work of Mo Willems. Just ask them, they will tell you, NO the pigeon cannot stay up late OR drive the bus!


As always, please get in touch with any ideas, suggestions or thoughts. Mrs. Waugh can be reached by email at or by phone at (301) 985-1898.


2014-2015 Science/Stem Fair

The 2014-2015 Dr. James F. Luhr Stem Fair Timeline began on 11-10-14.  All students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade have received a STEM Fair booklet and are choosing their questions and getting approval from their teachers.  The rules prohibit the testing of humans and vertebrates.  Testing of invertebrates is allowed. Each part of the timeline is a graded assignment so please manage your time and turn in the parts of the project on time.  The project is optional for Third Graders.  If you would like to purchase a backboard from UPES, you
must preorder and prepay for the backboard from Mr. Clark. All backboard preorder forms are due by
Friday, November 21, 2014.  White backboards are $4.00 and colored backboards are $5.00.The project is due on January 20, 2014.  The STEM Fair is judged on January 28, 2015.
We are looking forward to many interesting and informative projects



The 2014-2015 Science/Stem Fair timeline is below.





Question and variables approved and returned. Research begins


Research with three sources due to teacher

Prediction/Hypothesis due to teacher


Research returned to students. Research Report Assigned

Prediction/Hypothesis approved and returned to students


Materials list and procedures assigned



Materials list and procedures due to teacher



Materials list and procedures returned to students. 


Research Report Due




Project Testing done at home.  Collect data on a data chart. 15 trials minimum


Data charts, graphs completed at home or finished in class


Data charts, graphs due to teacher or finished in class


Results and conclusion due to teacher


Results and conclusion returned to student

1-15 to 


Backboards completed at home. 


Science Fair Completed Projects due to teacher/Presentations practiced in class.


Intermediate STEM Fair & Judging


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 25- Awards Assembly, grades 2-3 8:15 a.m., grades 4-6, 8:55 a.m.

Wednesday-Friday, November 26-28-Thanksgiving Holiday, Schools and offices closed

Wednesday, December 3-PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 9-Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m. at UPES

























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