Wednesday September 16 2015

University Park Elementary School

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September 16, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

This week promises to be a productive 4 day week!  Classroom teachers in all subject areas are now teaching and assessing the curriculum standards.  Please be on the lookout for information about our Claire’s Gourmet Fall Fundraiser.  The white envelope  with all of the information you need will come home this Friday.  The money raised from this fundraiser will tremendously help our entire school. Any way you can contribute to making it a success is greatly appreciated.  Our first PTA Meeting of the year is tonight at 7:00pm in the Media Center.  We encourage you to attend if you are able.  The next Eagle Newsletter  will be coming home on Wednesday, October 7th.  If you have any questions between now and then, please contact me at or 301-985-1898.

Meet the new staff

Mehret Ghebrekidan

Mehret Ghebrekidan married in Vatican City, Rome Italy.  She is the Italian teacher who comes from another Prince George’s County school.  Besides her foreign K-12 education she has a Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling from Bowie State University. She has been teaching all of  her life except for the five years that she worked for the House of Representatives.  Now she is here in the most inviting and supportive community. Mehret values the greatness of the parents, students, administration, and colleagues of UPES. Finally, she is grateful to you all for allowing her to be part of this great journey for our wonderful children!

Emily Sturges

Emily Sturges is a new graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University and will serve as one of our art teachers for the upcoming school year. Emily recently moved to Maryland from Virginia and is excited to get to know a new area. While at VCU Emily majored in Art Education and minored in Art History and Craft and Material Studies. She is thrilled to begin her teaching career in Prince George's County and feels so fortunate to have been placed at such a great school. This past summer Emily coached a Northern Virginia Dive Team for the ninth year. While summer is one of her favorite times of year, it could not match the excitement of a new school year! Emily is looking forward to meeting all of her new students and to the masterpieces they will create together this year. She feels right at home at University Park Elementary! 

Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser

We will kickoff our first fundraiser with an exciting presentation for our students by Joel with Claire’s Gourmet on September 18, 2015! The assembly will inform our students of how to help with the fundraiser safely, how many delicious products their family will be able to buy, and MOST importantly --the PRIZES!! All orders will be due on October 12th, if you have any questions please contact Ms. Cruz at 301-985-1898 or via e-mail at

Counselor’s Corner

My name is Marlene Bennett and  I am the Professional School Counselor at University Park Elementary School. My job is to help all students succeed both academically and interpersonally;however,  parents are always their child's most influential teacher. Please reinforce and add to what your child learns each day. This will help your child focus their attention on their education. I look forward to an exciting year working with students, teachers, and families. I hope you will feel free to call if I may be of any assistance to you or your child.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night with us Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.  Participants will enjoy delicious food and fabulous music. Feel free to bring food from your country to share. This activity is open for everyone!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 1- Hispanic Heritage Night 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, September 21-22- Mobile Dentist at UPES

Friday, October 16-MSEA Convention, No school for students and teachers
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