Newsletter Wednesday February 4 2015

University Park Elementary School


February 4, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

Great things are happening for children at UPES!  We have been awarded a $500 grant from Exxon Mobile to use at our discretion on behalf of students.  This grant was awarded randomly to area schools from Exxon Mobile through their marketing company Petroleum Marketing Group (PMG).  I’m told this is the second year we’ve won so I don’t know how random the drawing is but we’re grateful. J


A huge thank you to Ms. Rowland, Mr. Favero, students, and parents in grades 3-6 for an outstanding Science Fair!   The projects were engaging and thought provoking.  Also, thank you to the following parent volunteers for contributing to the success of the Science Fair Judge's Breakfast and Luncheon:  Imke Ahlf-Wein, Adrianna Alba, Jennifer Cibor, Mary Durkin, Efren Flores, Anne Holtz, Cynthia McCabe, Lis Maring, Kris Moss, Sara Nelkin, Nancy Robinson, Rhonda Simley, Anissa Sunday, Jon & Betsy Tornquist, Kathy Zentek.  The judges enjoyed the treats!  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.   


Awards Assembly

The second quarter awards assembly will be held February 12, 2015. Grades 2-3, 8:15 a.m.-8:50 a.m. Grades 4-6, 8:55 a.m.-9:30 a.m.  It is very important that the first assembly begins on time so that the second assembly and lunches aren’t impacted.


Black History Month

The Black History Committee has a number of exciting activities planned to celebrate Black History Month.  Trivia questions or facts about a famous African American person will be read on the announcements every day and the winner(s) will be announced each Friday and prize(s) will be awarded. Students will hear a story (or read one to the class) that was written by an African American author.  Stories read will connect to the decorated doors in the door competition. Movie night will be held on February 19th at 6:00 p.m. and parents are encouraged to bring snacks for their children. The Black History Celebration program will be held February 24th for both day and evening performances with the evening one beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Box Tops
Please continue to send in your Box Tops.  We have collected 1,400 Box Tops so far and we would love to have more.
Hyattsville MS Creative & Performing Arts Program

OPEN APPLICATION for Hyattsville MS Creative & Performing Arts Program! The Creative & Performing Arts application is now open for rising 7th grade students who are interested in auditioning for the CPA program at Hyattsville MS.  Please read the following information to find, complete and submit your application before MARCH 12, 2015.

Note: Before you begin, check SCHOOL FINDER to locate YOUR CPA School  

Visit to read and select one of the disciplines that your child would like to audition for. Categories include: Dance, Music (Instrumental & Vocal), Visual Arts, TV/Media Production & Creative Writing

Gather all required information to complete your application:

Student ID # (found on progress reports & report cards)

Resume (listing academic & artistic accomplishments)

Two SEALEDrecommendation forms (follow instructions online for recommendation form requirements)

Current school year report card (must denote a minimum of 2.0+ GPA for each quarter)

Copy of transcript

Download, save and print your application OR complete your application online. If you are mailing your application, be sure to include all required forms. The application must be received in the HMS CPA office before March 12, 2015. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

If COMPLETED APPLICATION and ALL required documents are received by March 12, 2015, your child will receive an audition date and time approximately (4) weeks after the application window closes.

FOR STUDENTS- On the day of your Audition:

Be prepared to write a short essay explaining why you want to attend the Creative & Performing Arts Program at Hyattsville MS

You will write a personal paragraph (no more than 150 words) answering the following questions:

Why would you like to be a student in the CPA program?

How would your school experience at a CPA school be different than another school?

Describe what your academic and artistic contributions to the CPA program will be. *You will have 15 minutes to complete this task.

If you require additional information or assistance please contact Ms. Cruz at (301) 985-1898!

Peace Week

February 9- February 12th is designated as Peace Week.  During this time, Ms. Bennett and her G.O.L.D Team members will host a number of activities to celebrate Peace Week.  If at all possible, we’d like students and staff to wear the colors below on the designated days.


Monday, February 9, 2015--RED--DEAL WITH CONFLICTS

Tuesday, February 10, 2015--BLUE—PEACE

Wednesday, February 11, 2015--GRAY--FRIENDSHIP

Thursday, February 12, 2015--WHITE--NEW BEGINNINGS


Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America this March, Pre-K through Second grade will host the Annual Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast. We are excited to sing songs from Seussical the Musical, while enjoying a plate of green eggs and ham. Volunteers and staff will dress as their favorite Seuss characters and hopefully we'll hear a story from Cat in a Hat! Join in the fun the morning of March 6th by volunteering to cook or serve breakfast. 


Reading Events

Monday, March 2, 2015                                                                                                                                    Reading is Cool Day (Wear sunglasses.)          

Reading Pledge  


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crazy About Books Day (Wear crazy clothes.)

Literary Extravaganza Project (due date)


Wednesday, March 4, 2015                                                                                                                                    Read My Shirt Day (Wear a shirt with words for others to read.)  or

Team Up with A Good Book Day (Wear your favorite sports team clothes.)

Pre-K Dr. Seuss Celebration    


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Family Academic Night 6:00 to 7:30

Literary Extravaganza Exhibit

Reading Feeds Your Brain Day (Bring a healthy snack to eat while reading a book.)


Friday, March 6, 2015   

Hats off to Reading (Wear a hat to school.)

K-2 Dr. Seuss Celebration Breakfast


Science Bowl

University Park will compete February 10th, 2015 in the Prince George’s County Science Bowl—an academic game show promoting science literacy for over 25 years, with competitive categories such as Zoo Parade, Green Things, Let’s Get Physical, and Date-Line Science.  The goal is to have fun while gaining and demonstrating science knowledge.  University Park is seeking their 5th Championship! 


This years’ team consists of 5th graders Abbie Coleman, Ryley Komisar Bury, Sean Leonard, and 6th graders Margo Mutsuk, Orla Collins, Emily Neher, and Gabi Hotzer. 

Science Fair

The University Park ES Science Fair was held Wednesday, January 28, 2015.The fair is mandatory for all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and is optional for 3rd graders.  Each student submits a backboard following the scientific method and then is interviewed by a judge. Projects are judged against the PGCPS 50 point judgingcriteria.  Two hundred projects were judged by a distinguished panel of

scientists, engineers, environmental educators and teachers. Among the judges were representatives from NASA Goddard, University of Maryland, US Department of Agriculture, and the Anacostia Watershed Society.

If you have questions about our Talented and Gifted program at University Park, please visit our TAG website at The website has been up and running since October in order to provide parents with an overview of our program and information about TAG delivery options. You will also find a wealth of information about the identification process, resources for parents, competitions, and our clubs. Please click on the TAG links that pique your interest and open any attachments that you would like to investigate. Please explore our website, which was created to keep you abreast of the great things that are happening in our TAG program.
PARCC testing will begin for students in grades 3-6 March 2-27th.  Parents are invited to view sample test items by going to ( Click Go to use of sample items-click the word “here”- Click Test Preparation-Click Sample Items-Select grade level of your choice


Visual Arts

This month Mr. Mah will begin his unit on Italian Artists.   All of the classes will start using wet materials, such as paints.  He would like to ask if parents could supply the students with an old t-shirt, smock, or shirt that can be discarded at the end of the school year.  He will have some of his old shirts that he is willing to donate to individual students just in case.  Some of the projects he has planned for students are below.

Pre-K: Painting Project

Kindergarten: Painting Collage

Grade 1:  Beginning Fashion Drawing

Grade 2: Automotive Drawing

Grade 3: Perspective Painting.

Grade 4: 3D Air Clay and Painting

Grade 5: Fashion and Architecture Design

Grade 6: Self-Portrait Painting



PTA Corner

Next PTA Meeting:  Wednesday, Feb 4th, 7pm.

The Anacostia Watershed Society will be presenting on its upcoming two-year partnership with UPES to educate students about watershed issues and engage them in greening projects that will be taking place at the school. These projects will include tree and shrub planting along the stream, painting and installing rain barrels on the temporary classrooms, storm drain mural painting, rain garden planting and more.


Please join us!


Winter Wonderland Dance(s), Feb 27th, 5:30-7pm (K-3rd) and 7:30-9pm (4th-6th)

Wake up your winter groove and boogie on at UPES!  We’ll have the cafeteria decked out, we’ll be selling concessions, and we’ll have teachers as special guest DJs!  More details to follow.


Able to help with this event?  Contact


Azalea Classic, April 18th

Keep the date open for this excellent family and community event.  Details to follow.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 4-PTA Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 12-Valentine’s Day parties, Awards Assemblies grades 2-6

Friday, February 13-No school for students-Professional Development day for teachers

Monday, February 16-President’s Day, School is closed

Thursday, February 19-Movie Night, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24-Black History Month Celebration, 6:00 p.m.














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