Newsletter Wednesday June 3 2015

University Park Elementary School


June 3, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

The Dine Out Night at Chipotle was a hit!  Thanks to the wonderful UPES Community, our school will receive approximately $800 from Chipotle.  Our next Dine Out Night is our end of year event at Rita’s Italian Ice on June 16, 2015, 4:00-9:00 p.m.  This will be a wonderful event to celebrate all of our hard work and accomplishments.  Finally, I know this school year seems to be longer than most but June 22-23 which are 2 hour early release days for students are considered full days of school.  All students are expected to be in attendance until the last day of school which includes students in sixth grade.       The final Eagle Newsletter will come home with students June 17, 2015.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.   


Classroom News


We have many exciting things coming up in Kindergarten.  We will have an Eric Carle Author study that includes books like, A House for Hermit Crab and The Mixed-Up Chameleon.  We will be working hard with addition and subtraction. We have been practicing songs that we have learned throughout the year and will have a concert on June 17th.  We’d love for you to join us. 


First Grade

First grade will be going to the Natural History Museum on Tuesday June, 9th.  We will enjoy a scavenger hunt in search animals, rocks and mummies.


Second Grade

 This spring our second graders have been very busy bees! They’ve been putting on their “detective” hats while reading poems, looking for traces of similes, metaphors, alliteration and repetition! Pretty soon they will begin writing poems of their own and incorporating these techniques!  In math, they’ve been writing their own survey questions and creating tables to display the data. As the summer approaches, students may be ready to cool off in a pool, sprinklers or some body of water. So, they will be learning about how the water cycle works. They will also wear their “scientist” hat because they will participate in various “investigations” to see parts of the water-cycle process in action! Finally, we want to celebrate all of the second graders who have been busy practicing math skills by playing games from the “First in Math” program!



Third Grade

Third grade classes are taking a field trip to the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, Maryland. Students will take a step back in time to learn about the life of a child living in Maryland in the 17th century. Students will visit buildings from the time period, dress in colonial clothing, and do chores and play games from Colonial Times.


Third graders are excited about learning to write in cursive. They are practicing their spelling words in cursive for the annual third grade spelling bee in June.


Fourth Grade

June is a busy and exciting time of year for the Fourth graders. In order to celebrate all of the students’ hard work and achievements, we will be holding several special events. On June 1st, we will board a Watermark Cruise, in Annapolis, to go on a journey with pirates! Thanks to the PTA for helping out with the cost. On June 16th, fourth graders will partner with third graders while participating in Field Day. Volunteers are needed to make this event a success, so please lend a hand if you can. It is a lot of fun! Lastly, we will hold our annual 4th grade picnic. Fun, food, and games will be had by all!


Fifth Grade

The 5th graders will have their field day and grade level picnic on June 15th.  Please make sure your child comes to school prepared for field day, and look for information about the picnic (including food contributions and volunteering opportunities) coming home in the next week.


Sixth Grade

There are many exciting events on the horizon for our sixth graders.  They have so much to look forward to as they celebrate ending their elementary school years.

Staff vs. Sixth Volleyball Game: June 8 (Monday)

Students will take on the staff in an all-day volleyball tournament!

Ice Cream Social/Movie Day: June 12th (Friday)

Students should bring in a topping of their choice (sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate syrup…) for their ice cream

Field Day: June 15th (Monday, 8:00am-12:00pm)

Students should come dressed or with an accessory in their team color, and bring a water bottle with your NAME written clearly

Parents/Guardians: If you are interested in volunteering please let one of us or Ms. Neff know ASAP

Picnic: June 15th (Monday, after Field Day)

Students should bring a bagged lunch, or pick up lunch from the cafeteria

Students may also bring in additional picnic items (pasta salads, fruit, juice) to share with their classmates

Promotion: June 18th (Thursday)

NO jeans, shorts, or sneakers will be allowed.  Black tennis shoes are permissible if nice

Girls should wear a dress, skirt, or dress slacks.  Shoulders must be covered (no sleeveless dresses!)

Boys should wear a suit or dress slacks and a collared shirt (no t-shirts!)

Dance: June 18th (Thursday, after Promotion)

Students should wear school-appropriate attire (no sleeveless shirts or miniskirts)

Field Day 2015
June 15th – 5th/6th Grades
June 16th – 3rd/4th Grades
June 17th – 1st/2nd Grades
June 19th - Kindergarten

Field Day events are set up around the field and in the gym for student enjoyment. Some of the stations include water games to add to the fun and also help to cool off the kids.

All students should be dressed for outdoor games and wearing the color designated by their homeroom teacher. In addition to proper play clothing, EVERY student must have a water bottle WITH their name on it. Applying sunscreen at home helps to move the day along faster. A hat is also a good idea.

Parent volunteers are needed to "run" the stations. (All supplies are set up and ready to go and an orientation will be provided at 8am to ensure that you know what to do.) Volunteers are needed from 8:00-11:30am or any part thereof. If you are able to help, please let your child's homeroom teacher know of your availability.


1st Annual 6th Grade Clap Out

Please join us as we celebrate the promotion of our sixth grade students on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 11:40 a.m.  The entire school will line our hallways and applaud our sixth graders as they process through the building in celebration of their accomplishment.  This will be a lovely event and we encourage all members of the UPES Family to attend our first annual Clap Out.  There won’t be a dry eye in the house!!


Summer School Programs and Activities

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Summer Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit.   This 2015 Summer Programs Guide is available at Information in this publication may change after printing and posting. For more details, please consult with your school counselor or contact the Summer Programs Office by phone at 301-808-1124 or email at or  Use this 2015 Summer Programs Guide to review the available options and learn how to apply. Program availability will depend on enrollment. Space is limited – apply early!


Summer Reading

As the school year winds down, and the summer heats up, Ms. Waugh at UPES and Ms. Jackson at the Hyattsville branch library want you to know about summer reading programs!


First of all, you should register for summer reading through the library. This can be done at home through or in your local branch during regular operating hours. Summer reading is for 0-18 years of age and the kids receive prizes both for registration and completion of the program. 


There are a TON of special programs at the Hyattsville library including:

Family movies on 6/8, 6/29 and 7/20

 ImpulseCity for a variety of comic/superhero improv games for kids on 6/27

 Tweens programs such as Survive the Library! on 7/9 and Poke'Ball (aka Pokemon Prom) on 8/5.

For the little guys Sign-along-sing-along with Kathy McMillan on 7/20. 


Summer storytimes are as follows:

Baby (0-2 years old) Mondays 10:15, 11 am

Toddler (2-3 years old) Thursdays 10:30 am

Preschool (3-5) Wednesdays 10:30 am, 7pm

Bilingual (ages 3-6) Saturdays 11 am


Finally, Hyattsville library is part of the Summer Foods Program and will be serving a free lunch Monday-Friday for any child ages 0-18. Check with the library for times.


We wish you all a safe, happy, reading summer!


Ms. Amanda Waugh                                                     Ms. Heather Jackson

UPES                                                                           PGCMLS


School Supply Kits

Get ahead of the game and order your school supply kits for next year!


Refer to the attached flier for details on ordering next year's school supplies, deadline is June 30.  

Yearbook Signing/Autograph Event

Students are invited to bring their yearbooks to a Yearbook Signing Event on Tuesday, June 16th for grades K-2, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Wednesday, June 17th for grades 3-6, 12:45-1:45p.m.  Both events will be held in the cafeteria.  Students are welcome to make their own autograph books this year if they did not purchase a yearbook to participate in this fun event.


PTA Corner

Newcomer Committee

A special thank you to the Newcomer Committee volunteers who helped make the open house a success, they are:

Nancy Ross

Molly MacLaren

Betsy Tornquist

Amanda Helin

Christine Becraft

Michelle Wedge



“Books!  Balls!  Bus Loop!” Fundraising Effort

Join our spring PTA school enrichment and improvement initiative.  Your donation can go to books for summer reading, equipment for our PE department, or plants for the PTA’s revamp of the central island in the bus loop.  Send in your donations to the school labeled as “UPES PTA” or use the following link:

Our deadline for this initiative is Monday, June 8th.  Thanks!


Restaurant Night June 9th

Come support our last restaurant fundraiser of the year:

Blaze Pizza

7419 Baltimore Ave

College Park

Don’t forget to bring the flyer in order to have your purchase support UPES.


Many thanks to . . .

Diana Gough and Kathy Zentek who have organized the PTA restaurant fundraisers all year long.

All of the UPES supporters who have attended our Restaurant Nights.

The local restaurants that opened their doors to our Restaurant Night events this year:  Jason’s Deli, Franklin’s, Spice 6, Elevation Burger, and Blaze.  And also to Chipotle and Rita's for their help with school events.

Sara and Keith Nelkin of Impulse City for graciously running their excellent “Snacktime Kids” after school class well beyond the last day of the regular after school class semester and giving kids a bonus outlet for creative thinking.


June Meeting:  June 17th 7pm

We’ll be voting on board positions for the 2015-16 school year.  Please join us.


Remember to collect “Box Tops for Education” all summer long!


Upcoming Events

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

                         -Dine Out Night at Rita’s-4:00-9:00 p.m.

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.-1-3 and 9:15 a.m.-4-5)

Tuesday, June 23- 6th grade Clap Out, 11:40 a.m.

Wednesday, September 2-Back to School Night-Pre-K-2

Thursday, September 3-Back to School Night-3-6

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