Newsletter Wednesday May 6 2015

University Park Elementary School

EAGLE NEWS!!!

May 6, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

May is a busy time here at UPES!  Students were honored this week for outstanding academic achievement during our Honor Roll Assemblies on Tuesday.   We welcomed two visitors as a part of the Principal for the Day Program.  Ms. Tiffany Cook from Computer Geeks, a contracting company in support of the Department of Defense and Janice Hicks, Internal Auditor for WSSC visited our school for the day.    Both guests participated in our Honor Roll Assemblies, assisted during lunch, toured classrooms, and shadowed me to gain insight into a typical day of an elementary principal.  I assure you they were exhausted when they left.   We are rounding out the week with Academic Night tomorrow and Career Day on Friday.  This is a fun filled week for students as we approach the end of the school year.  The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students May 20, 2015.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email Toi.Davis@pgcps.org or 301-985-1898.   

 

Academic Night

Please join us on Thursday, May 7th at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm for Family Academic Night! There will be over twenty exciting reading, math, and science activities for all ages. Family Academic Night is guaranteed to be an event enjoyed everyone.

 

Attention Sixth Grade Parents

Ms. Cowherd will extend her hours Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 4:00 -6:30 p.m. to provide parents evening hours to come in and complete the registration documents for students transitioning to middle school.  Parents are strongly encouraged to use this time to complete the necessary documents as the deadline is next week.  Please call Ms. Cowherd if you have additional questions or concerns.  

 

Azalea Classic 2015

Letter & Huge Thanks from the Race Director, Kristi Janzen

The Azalea Classic was a great success again this year! Our children enjoyed a wonderful sunny day outside with their families, and they were able to show off their running skills. As usual, Ms. Neff did an amazing job integrating preparations for this race into the physical education curriculum. The kids learned about pacing themselves, breathing techniques, adequate preparations and training, healthy choices and more. Our celebrity starter, Kerry McCoy – UPES dad, former Olympian and current head coach of UMD wrestling – did a fantastic job inspiring the kids ahead of the race. Many families and people from around the area came and enjoyed the morning.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work together with the wider community that surrounds the school. We are lucky to have volunteers and financial support from people who no longer have children at the school, as well as people who never did, but who feel this event is a worthy cause that draws us together. Like an open house, the Azalea Classic provides us all a chance to show how much our school and community have to offer.

We also raised money for the UPES PTA. All the proceeds will be spent on supplies and programs for the kids and teachers at UPES. Aside from providing fun and general life lessons, this event is our largest fund-raiser of the year, and as such, it is a critical part of our effort to support the school. Many of the things we assume the school system pays for – such as school bus rides to field trips or library books -- are actually paid for by the PTA. Please note that each and every contribution is of value, and the PTA takes great pains to spend every dollar wisely. If you would like to help raise money or figure out how to spend it, come to the PTA meetings to learn more!

Sponsors play a key role in this fund-raising. Many local businesses donate money to become sponsors of the Azalea Classic. Please take the time to review our list of sponsors (attached in a handy-dandy double-sided directory) and give them your business. When you do, tell them you heard that they were Azalea Classic sponsors – and they will hopefully feel motivated to continue donating to our kids. The word-of-mouth that is generated by this event helps them to establish relationships and succeed as well.

Finally, I would like to thank the following people, as this event would not have happened without you:

MAIN PLANNING TEAM:

Christy Neff, Karoline Mortensen, Laurie Goodfriend, Michael Valverde, Michelle Hermanson, and Sara Nelkin

 

AMAZING VOLUNTEERS:

Abbe Miller, Abbie McCoy, Bernd Janzen, Betsy Tornquist, BJ Cameron, Brian Jackson, Carolyn Marzke, Kathleen Leonard, Daniel Epstein, Dorothy Engel, Efren Flores, Eric Erickson, Jack Garner, Jennifer Yonkos, Kate Murray, Kathy Zentek, Lisa Tuit, Megan Leonard, Mike Okumusoglu, Neal Zeng, Nina McGranahan, Rick Brown, Sarah Starrett, Sharon Salmon, Sheree McNeil-Gordon, Susan Berkun, and Verna Gehring

 

ADDITIONAL AMAZING GROUPS OF VOLUNTEERS:

All the UPES administration, staff and teachers; the PTA Board; the medical team, especially Dr. Ken Schoendorf, UP resident and former UPES dad, who headed up our first aid area; the Northwestern High School Marching Band and their tireless director Mr. Christopher Renberg; the CERT team, especially Tom Stickles for organizing; the University Park Police, especially Sgt. Enig for coordinating and organizing and Chief Wynnyk for driving the lead car; the UP Woman’s Club for contributing volunteers at the mid-way water table; Ms. Neff’s crew of friends & family who come from near and far every year to help; and the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who also worked as course marshals.

 

Thank you to each parent for bringing the kids to the event and telling your friends and relatives about it!

 

NEXT YEAR:

After three years as director, I would also like to add that it has been an honor to carry on the tradition started by Sarah Elder (who directed this for 11 years!). The opportunity to get to know many of you better has been a pleasure. Next year, UPES parent Sara Nelkin will be taking over. Please plan now to volunteer and help her out. We hope to have an even bigger and better event in 2016!

 

SAVE THE AZALEA CLASSIC 2016 DATE: April 16, 2016.

Instrumental Music Solo and Ensemble Festival

On Saturday, April 25th, Prince George’s county held their annual Solo and Ensemble festival at Kenmoor Middle School.  22 Instrumental Music students from University Park participated: 11 as soloists and 4 ensembles. This is a record number of entrants from UPES, as well as one of the highest participation rates in the entire county! Participants earned extremely high ratings. Please join me in congratulating these wonderful students on all of their hard work! Bravo!

 

Hector Garcia, Jermaine Anie, Godswill Eke, Suerken Matsuyama, Sikon Toure, Elijah Tyler, Sean Leonard, Sydney Fiore, Mia Benetiz, Aileen Nunez, Thanusha Ragunanthan, Anika Olson, Liliyah BenAissa, Rudy Umanzor, Eric Montesi, Levente Toszegi, Rick Warrick Jr., Luca Zeng, Gabriela Holzer, Hannah Betke, Caroline Ross, Glaadis Lopez

 

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten for SY2015-16 began Tuesday, April 13, 2015, at 8:30 am. For Pre-K, your child must be 4 by September 1, 2015, and for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 by September 1, 2015.  You will need to bring with you your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency (current mortgage statement, property tax statement, lease, etc.)  If you are registering your child for Pre-K, you will also need to bring with you 2 current consecutive pay stubs.

 

PTA Meeting

Please join us for the next PTA Meeting, May 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Karen Lide, Food Services Manager will share a presentation on the Maryland Meals for Achievement Breakfast Program.  Additionally, there will be a vote on the bylaw amendment changes that were proposed last month.  The proposed bylaw changes are below.

 

PTA Bylaws and Amendments to be voted upon May 20, 2015

Amendment #1:

Article VI Officers and Their Election

Section 2a

Amendment to strike 2 vice presidents(s) as named Executive Vice President and Vice President.   Change to 1 vice president.  Change all reference to Executive Vice President in by-laws to Vice President.

 

Amendment #2:

Article VI Officers and Their Election

Amendment to strike "more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office "and add "An officer shall not be eligible to serve more than three (3) consecutive terms in the same office"

Also as per our bylaws, we will need to vote on these amendments at least 30 days after presenting them.  This means that next month's PTA meeting will be changed to May 20th, where we will vote on these amendments.

2.  Our bylaws require that the PTA board create a nominating committee to which individuals may present themselves or others as candidates for any board position during the upcoming 2015-16 school year.  Our committee this year includes Eric Maring, Sarah Treado, and Emily Jackson.  Please contact them if you are interested.  We will vote on PTA board positions at our June meeting.

 

Write-A-Book Winners Announced

I am pleased, but not at all surprised, to tell you that University Park did very well in the county-wide WAB judging. Please join me in congratulating the following twenty three UPES students for their achievement.

Name(s)

Title

Award

Category

Indiv/Group

Grade

Tatum Boyd

Emily Saves the Day

1st place

Illustrated Fiction

Individual

Kindergarten

Caroline Tornquist and Isabelle Becraft

Friends

2nd place

Picture Story Book

Group

1st

Audrey Hurtt

The Underwater Rainbow

3rd place

Picture Story Book

Individual

1st

Corey Walter Schmick

ABC Zoo

Honorable Mention

Non Fiction

Individual

1st

Nathan Widman

Batter Up! And Other Poems for Sports Fanatics

1st place

Poetry

Individual

2nd

Olivia Lynn Visnic

A Frightening Night

2nd place

Illustrated Fiction

Individual

2nd

Verity Wingard and Ariel Wingard

The Black Rooster

2nd place

Picture Story Book

Group

2nd

 

Sophie Rose Prell

 

The Cave of Magic

 

2nd place

 

Picture Story Book

 

Individual

 

2nd

Abigail Prikockis and Kazumi Haag

World Wide Cultures

1st place

Non Fiction

Group

3rd

Brandon Cibor

The Junior Ranger Program of Smith Mountain Lake

1st place

Non Fiction

Individual

3rd

Ruby Carlucci

Lemonade Poems

2nd place

Poetry

Individual

3rd

Drake Cartwright

Not All Dragons Are Bad

3rd place

Picture Story Book

Individual

3rd

Andrew Ross and Jackson Ross

The Case of the Cat Burglar

2nd place

Illustrated Fiction

Group

4th

Benno Wien

The Dragon Friend

Honorable Mention

Illustrated Fiction

Individual

5th

Kira Moss

Generation Desserts: Family Recipes from my Family

Honorable Mention

Non Fiction

Individual

5th

Margaret Motsuk and Gabriela Holzer

Sparkleshine and the Unicorn

1st place

Picture Story Book

Group

6th

Margaret Motsuk

The Rock

1st place

Picture Story Book

Individual

6th

 

 

Orla Collins and Emily Neher

 

 

Poetry Parade

 

 

1st place

 

 

Poetry

 

 

Group

 

 

6th

 

The annual Write-A-Book awards ceremony will be held on May 13, from 7-9PM at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Pkwy, Greenbelt, MD 20770. University Park will hold its own Write-A-Book recognition ceremony for all students who completed a book on May 29, time TBA.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in WAB this year! There were some amazing stories, illustrations, poems and recipes submitted. I am very impressed with the diligence and hard work shown by all the students!

 

 

 

PTA Corner

PTA POSITION AVAILABLE for 2015-16

Like throwing parties and fun events and showering our wonderful teachers with appreciation?!?  Then PTA has a position for you!  If you are interested in the position of Teacher Appreciation Chair please contact Jennifer Cibor at jrcibor@gmail.com for further details.  Thank you!

 

Help Needed:  Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Attention Bakers/Buyers!  We need yummy desserts for the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Friday, May 8.  If you can help please contact Jennifer Cibor at jrcibor@gmail.com.

 

 

Thank You!

Many thanks to the following UPES supporters for contributing to March and April’s teacher/staff appreciation breakfast:  Becky Widman, Jess Enoch, Kimberly Bills, Betsy Tornquist, Christine Becraft, Nancy Ross, Jennifer Cibor, Elisabeth Maring, Connie Visnic, Melanie Fiore, Diana Gough, Polly O'Rourke, Imke Ahlf-Wien, Mayra Herrera, Zeyneb Aydilek, Christine Dawson, Cathy Flynn, Gail, Patrice Savoy, and Karoline Mortensen

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 7-Academic Night, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8-Career Day

Monday, May 11-Picture Day, MS Transition Day-9:00 a.m.

Monday, May 18-Spring Instrumental and Chorus Concert (Northwestern HS, 6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 19-Dine Out Night @ Chipotle, Hyattsville-5:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20-PTA Meeting

Friday, May 22-Six Flags Instrumental/Music Performance for selected gr. 5-6 students

Thursday, May 28-Musical Performance, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29-Write-A-Book Celebration, Time TBD

Saturday, May 30-Musical Performance, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10-Volunteer Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 11-Blue Sky Puppets Assembly in gym (8:30- K, 1, 4, 5) (9:30- 2, 3, 6, Pre-K)

Monday, June 15-Gr. 5-6 Field Day

Tuesday, June 16-Gr. 3-4 Field Day

Wednesday, June 17-Gr.1-2 Field Day

Thursday, June 18-6th grade Promotion

Friday, June 19-Pre-K-K Field Day 

Monday, June 22-Honor Roll Assemblies (8:00 a.m.-2-3 and 9:15 a.m.-4-5)

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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