Newsletter Wednesday December 3 2014


University Park Elementary School


December 3, 2014

Message from Ms. Davis

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a restful holiday and enjoyed their time with family and friends.  As we close out the year, we’d like your feedback regarding ways we can improve your experiences here at UPES.  Please take a moment to complete a brief one question survey by going to .  This is the same survey that was sent out via email last week and will be available to community members until December 12, 2014.  The next Eagle Newsletter will be coming home December 17, 2014 but I am only a phone call or email away if needed. 


Thank You

A huge thank you to the team of UPES parents and supporters who volunteered their time to help make the 2014 "Celebrating Our Community" Silent Auction such a big success.  Thank you to everyone who also donated items and to those who attended and made bids!


Imke Ahlf-Wien, Krista Atteberry, Lily Baker, Lisa Beckmann, Christine Becraft, Fabi Caulkins, Jen Cibor, Jodi Cohen, Christine Dawson, Catherine Donohoe, Barbara Duffy

Jessica Enoch, Efren Flores, Emily Jackson, Curt Lucas, Molly MacLaren, Audrey Morrow

Kris Moss, Sara Nelkin, Amanda Olson, Dan Olson, Carole Ramsey Lucas, Justin Ross, Anissa Sunday, Janel Tillman, Betsy Tornquist, Sarah Treado, Connie Visnic, Beth Vogel

Suzie Whelton, Andrew Widman, Becky Widman, Chuck Wilson, and Darren Zentek


Thank you to Nancy Neher and the wonderful parents who put together the Wednesday Folder each week.


Thank you to the parents who volunteer in the cafeteria and classrooms each week.  We appreciate your support!! 



Technologically Speaking

Over the past year and a half, major technological investments have been made in upgrading the infrastructure and hardware of UPES.   The upgrades and new equipment will enhance instruction and assist in preparing UPES students for online testing.  With 30 IPADS, 32 Dell laptops, a computer lab with 30 Dell desktops, Smart-boards in grades 4 through 6, wireless capability, and online testing for grades 3 through 6 , this year promises to be an exciting one for UPES. During the next few months, students will be provided a number of opportunities for exploration and practice.    Please check the technology section of the Eagle Newsletter for updates.


Published Contests and Competitions for EGATE

Throughout the school year, our staff will announce opportunities for students to enter competitions and contests. Please check our school website and our school bulletin board (Opportunities Abound at University Park).


Contests and competitions are a great way to challenge and to inspire all students to develop a passion for learning. Students are encouraged to develop innovative techniques to solve problems and to cultivate their ideas and skills. Competitions play a vital role in motivating students to excel academically and offer a chance for them to showcase their talents, analyze and evaluate outcomes, and to discover personal aptitude.  Participation is optional, but highly encouraged.


 These are some contests/competitions that your child might be interested in.


1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Poster Contest

Deadline: postmarked or delivered by December 17, 2014


2.  Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12.

Deadline: January 15, 2015


3. The White House Student Film Festival

Grades K-12

Deadline: January 20, 2015.


4. The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

Grade 6

Deadline: January 31, 2015.





Community Builders

The Community Builders led the food collection for the Help By Phone Food Bank in Adelphi. We gathered over 1000 food items to share with families in need.


Ugly Sweater Day for the anti-bullying campaign was a huge success. Over 200 students and staff wore sweater and shirts designed to remind us that Bullying is UGLY behavior that we won't put up with!


Kindness Monsters were drawn by students and posted at the front office to remind everyone of World Kindness Day that we each have a part in making someone's day great!


Upcoming events include:

The Holiday school store will be open for business on Monday Dec. 15. All students can shop during their PE/Music time for gifts, trinkets, school supplies and a variety of other items. Nothing costs more than $5.


Holiday Card Making in December. This is our 8th year sending cards to those in the local homeless shelter, nursing home and hospital. If you would like to make cards as a family to send in, please sign them, "from a University Park Family." The cards we make at school, we will sign, "from a University Park student."


In January, we have our Annual Community Builders Coat Drive to benefit One Warm Coat. The coats are distributed through the Refugee Resettlement Center in Bethesda, MD. Since many of us get new coats at the holiday time, it is a great opportunity to pass on gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and other winter gear for those new to our area and climate!


Thanks as always as we build community in our local, national and global world.


With a grateful heart,

 Christy Neff, for the Community Builder group


Donations Needed

The Prince George’s County Public Safety Assistance Program (PSAP) is gathering food for Christmas baskets to deliver to needy families.  UPES has been designated as a drop off location for nonperishables from November 20-December 20.  Please place all nonperishable items in the white plastic barrel located in the Pre-K/1st grade hallway. 


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. 


Write A Book

The Write-A-Book timeline is below.




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




2014-2015 Science/Stem Fair

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





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


After School Program

Those Snacktime Kids --our team of budding improvisers will test their mettle in front of an audience on December 4th at 4:30pm. All are invited to watch these older elementary players perform games like Freeze Tag, Contagious Elevator, the Busy Bus Stop, and other games that you might see on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The performance will be entirely made-up on the spot and audience suggestions will be requested throughout the show. Come be part of the fun! It's free, open to all, and the performance should last about 30 minutes.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 3-PTA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m., PTA Meeting

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

Wednesday, December 10-Early Release Day, students dismissed at 11:55 a.m.

Friday, December 19-Progress Reports sent home

Friday, December 19-Winter Break begins

Monday, January 5-School resumes




















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