Newsletter Wednesday March 18 2015

University Park Elementary School


March 18, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

Friday’s Dr. Seuss Celebration was a wonderful event for students, parents, and community members.  Students enjoyed the sing-a-long; listening to Dr. Seuss stories, and of course the green eggs and ham breakfast.  While I was not brave enough to try the green eggs and ham, I lived vicariously through the students who seemed to enjoy their breakfast.  Thank you to Ms. Martin for chairing this committee as well as all of those staff members who helped in large and small ways.  The excitement and sense of community was palpable during this event.  I always so proud of the way our school community organizes and comes to together to celebrate our students.  I am honored to be the principal of University Park ES.    The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students April 1, 2015.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.   


Career Day

We are proud to host our annual parent and community Career Day at University Park Elementary!   We are currently in need of Career Day participants in various occupations to volunteer to speak with students about their careers. Our Career Day will be held May 8th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Career Day is for all students in grades K-6. You do not have to stay the whole day. Just let us know what hours work for you. Each session is for 30 minutes.


The format of the event is not formal, and you do not have to prepare a speech. However, feel free to come dressed up in uniform! It is also optional to bring items to give away to the students, but if you choose to bring in anything, please contact us so that we can provide you with a number. We strongly suggest handouts for the students with information about your career.


We look forward to you participating in this fun event. Please contact Ms. Neff ( ) or Mrs. Phillips ( )




Career Day Committee




Destination Imagination

UPES teams are Destination Imagination Tournament WINNERS!


UPES teams were winners at the regional tournament on March 7 at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. HS. 

Mr. Moss' team Apple Pie Wizards came in 2nd place for the Middle Level of Creature Feature. Kira, Margo, Emily, Owen, and Anika built a creature that uses technical methods to perform team-chosen actions.


Ms. Treado's Univ. Park MindPopperPenguins placed 2nd place for the Elementary Level of Creature Feature. This team had a story of adventure with a creature as a character that used technical methods to demonstrate features of a world where the story is set. Her team members are Larissa, Liliyah, Leo, Luca, and Julia.


Ms. Neyenhuis’ Rising Star team TheFantasticCatBats  consisted of Liesel, Vivi, Bella, Nathan, Hadassah, Nur, Hana, Cameron, and Joey mixed together two animals and gave it the perfect new habitat! Their presentation was absolutely adorable.  Come cheer on our two winning teams at UMBC on April 18.  For more information, go to


EGATE Updates

University Park staff are diligently instructing at high levels and creating and collecting artifacts of students work for inclusion in the EGATE Binder.  We will submit our completed binder to the state in November 2015 as strive to earn EGATE Certification.  February 2, 2015, teachers completed an in-house TAG Learning Walk with a focus on student interest/enrichment centers, student choice of activities, and high quality questioning and discussion techniques. March 24, 2015, teachers in grades 4, 5, and some specialist will participate in another TAG Learning Walk at Montpelier Elementary School and Glenarden Woods Elementary School.  Teachers will continue to observe the use of student interest/enrichment centers, student choice of activities, and evidence of high quality questioning and discussion techniques.  Teachers in grade 6 will complete a TAG Learning Walk April 14, 2015, at Greenbelt Middle School. 


Science Bowl

And then there were FOUR!  What began with over 40 Elementary Schools is now down to four.  University Park’s Science Bowl Team will compete on March 31st, in the Semi-Finals and Finals, as one of four remaining elementary schools in the Prince Georges County academic competition testing Science Literacy.  The students have worked very hard and are excited to compete.  We are proud of our team!  Good Luck to Orla Collins, Margo Motsuk, Gabi Holzer, Emily Neher, Sean Leonard, Ryley Komisar-Bury, and Abbie Coleman—Thank you for being so committed! 


PTA Corner

PTA NEWS March 2015

Thank you to the following parents for contributing to the February teacher/staff appreciation breakfast:  Imke Wien, Betsy Tornquist, Lis Maring, Connie Visnic, Jennifer Cibor, Christina Prell, Becky Widman, Karoline Mortensen, and others! 


Thank you Diana Gough and Kathy Zentek for organizing a great UPES PTA fundraiser at Spice 6 and thank you to all UPES families and friends who attended.


Run or Walk the University Park Azalea Classic April 18!

UPES Dad & Olympian Kerry McCoy To Be Celebrity Starter

Please join us for the 14th Annual University Park Azalea Classic 5K/1Mile/1K run and walk on April 18!  It’s a great way to engage with the community, get some exercise and help kids all at the same time -- while proceeds benefit the UPES PTA for the kids here!


This year, we are honored to have University Park resident Kerry McCoy as our celebrity starter of the 5K. Currently head coach of UMD’s wrestling program, McCoy’s impressive career in wrestling includes many successes as both a coach and an athlete. Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014, McCoy was a two-time Olympian for the United States. He took fifth place at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and seventh in 2004 in Athens; and he won five straight U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships from 2000 to 2004, as noted in his UMD biography (which you can read in its entirely by clicking here.)


The University Park Azalea Classic is a family-friendly event with fun for everyone. Registration includes: raffle entry for great prizes, high-quality colorful T-shirt with a custom design (this year by town resident and artist Joel Floyd – thank you so much Joel!), medals for all kids participating in the 1K and 1M races, and certificates for winners of each age/gender category. We finish up with a DJ and prizes at our post-race party.  Find out more at Pick up a UPES student registration form at the front office, or email the Race Director at: for a form or questions.


Looking Forward:  Restaurant Fundraiser @ Elevation Burger

Tuesday, April 28

11AM to 9PM

5501 Baltimore Avenue


Upcoming Events

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

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

Friday, April 3-Friday, April 10-Spring Break

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

Saturday, April 18-Azalea Classic


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