Newsletter Wednesday March 4 2015

 University Park Elementary School


March 4, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

February has been a very hectic month for students and staff as we dealt with the frigid temperatures, snow, ice, delayed openings, and school closings just to name a few events that interrupted our instructional momentum.  However, UPES staff persevered to ensure students continued to receive a quality instructional program.  Teachers in grades 3-6 worked tirelessly with students to ensure they were ready for the PARCC Assessment which began Monday, March 2, 2015.  Mr. Clark worked with students in grades 5-6 to conduct a countywide Infrastructure Trial to ensure our school has the technological capacity to handle the demands of the PARCC Assessment. 


Dr. Freeman, Ms. Neff, Ms. Morris, Mr. Thompson, Ms. Martin, Ms. Ferguson, Ms. Conrad, and Mr. Ambrose worked with students to put on an outstanding Black History Program.  If you were unable to attend last week’s program, you missed a wonderful event that showcased the spirit of Black History Month while highlighting the many gifts and talents of our students.  Finally, students in grades Pre-K-2 will conclude Read Across America Week with a Dr. Seuss Breakfast.  This is sure to be a wonderful event for students and UPES as we celebrate the importance of reading.  The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students March 18, 2015.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.   


Couch to Classic

U.P. Azalea Classic "Couch-to-Classic" Informal Training Starting! 

As we fast approach the 2015 University Park Azalea Classic on April 18, this year’s unofficial “Couch to Classic” training will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.  We will meet at the UP Town Soccer field between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m., near the benches along Queens Chapel Road. 


We'll follow a 6-week training program, starting on Tuesday, March 10 (given the time frame and this week’s weather forecast next week is the better time to start).   The first week will be a run/walk on flat roads & sidewalks. So no one should be intimidated about coming out and seeing what is happening.  Please wear comfortable running clothes and running shoes.


This is an informal running group. Please note that I am not a coach or professional athlete, just a volunteer from the elementary school who likes to get outside. If you have any questions you can contact me Jennifer Yonkos at For more information about the Azalea Classic, go to or contact Kristi Janzen, this year's Race Director at

Destination Imgination Tournament

UPES number of Destination Imagination teams have tripled this year! And they have been working long and hard all year to present to you the solutions of their problems.


Destination Imagination is a problem solving activity. The children are given a challenge and meet to come up with a solution to show to a team of appraisers. In addition to the long term challenge, the team members must also solve an instant challenge.  The teams that score best advance to the next level at the state.


Come and watch our teams perform March 7th at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. HS in Upper Marlboro. 

Mr. Moss' team Apple Pie Wizards will show their hard work in the Creature Feature in Room D174 at 9AM. His team members are Kira, Margo, Emily, Owen, and Anika. Watch this team and support all the hard work that they did on this technical problem.


Ms. Treado's UniversityPark MindPopperPenguins team worked on the Creature Feature challenge as well and will present their solution at 1:10PM in Room D174. Her team members are Larissa, Liliyah. Leo, Luca, and Julia. Come cheer them on as they present their solution to this technical challenge.

For the first time at UPES, Ms. Neyenhuis has a Rising Star team of very young children.


The TheFantasticCatBats will show you their solution to Animal Mish Mash in Room C117 at 1:10PM. Her actors are Liesel, Vivi, Bella, Nathan, Hadassah, Nur, Hana, Cameron, and Joey.  

For more information, go to


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 Fair Top 25

We had so many great projects this year and it is always very hard for the Science Committee to choose  only 9 projects to go on to the County Science Fairs.  We would like to commend these students forplacing in the Top 25 in the University Park Science Fair.

3rd Grade
Julia Garcia

4th Grade
Ava Tillman, Gabriela Martinez, Anand Abraham, Julia Beckman, Charles Berry,
Jordan Chamberlain, Oliver Stephens, Kacy Nyongesa, Larissa Olson, Andrew Ross
Chase Taylor

From 5th Grade
Hannah Betke, Sofie Mortensen, Caroline Ross, Luca Zeng

Jonah Ramsey-Lucas, Anton Shupiko, Jaylen Penn, Miao Fan Zhou

6th Grade
Margo Motsuk
Isabella Jackson




PTA Corner

Next Meeting:  March 11th, 7pm

**NOTE:  This date is different than our usual first Wednesday meeting**

Maryland PTA Night in Annapolis, Mar 4th, 5:30-8pm

Hear from our legislators and speak with them—one on one—to discuss the issues that concern you, your family, your school, and your community.  We’re rescheduling our usual first Wednesday meeting in order to support this event, and we encourage your participation.  Please visit for further details. 


Hooray for our teacher DJs who helped make our First Annual UPES Winter Dance a success:

Ms. Berry

Ms. Martin

Mr. Malter

Mrs. Camper

Ms. Kuessner

Mr. Favero


Thanks for sharing your time, talent, and groove with us!

Restaurant Fundraiser, Spice 6, Tuesday March 10th, 11am-10pm

Come support the UPES PTA and take a night off from cooking.  Please spread the word to local friends and family.  Spice 6 is located in the arts district of Hyattsville:  5501 Baltimore Ave., #107.


Azalea Classic, April 18th

Mark your calendars for this excellent family and community event.  Details to follow.



Elevation Burger family restaurant night

Tuesday, April 28

11AM to 9PM

5501 Baltimore Ave.


Upcoming Events

Monday, March 2-Friday, March 27, Grades 3-6 PARCC Assessment

Thursday, March 5-Academic Night, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 6-Dr. Seuss Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Pre-K-2

Wednesday, March 11-PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1-PTA Meeting-2:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 2-School closed for students, Grading and Planning Day

Friday, April 17-Cantare Assembly, 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 18-Azalea Classic 















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