Newsletter Wednesday October 21 2015

University Park Elementary School

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October 21, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

I would like to thank Ms. Neff and her volunteers for an outstanding Family Gym Night!  The feedback from the community was positive and a great deal of fun and activity were had by all.  I would also like to thank everyone who participated in the Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser.  We don’t have the final numbers at the moment but I’m certain our community came through in a big way.  The funds raised will benefit our students and school significantly.  Finally, please mark your calendar for Family Movie Night  on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:00-7:30 p.m. The next Eagle Newsletter will be coming home November 4, 2015.  If you need anything between now and then, please contact me at or 301-985-1898.

Box Tops

Ms. Bennett and Ms. Pawlowski have teamed up with the G.O.L.D team students and 6th grade volunteers to organize our Box Tops for Education program.  This year we are hoping to raise $500.00 for our school.  Please send in as many Box Tops as you can.

Halloween Schedule & Reminders

  • The Parade will begin at 12 noon


  • 12:30 -K, 1, 3, and 5  

  • 1:00 –  Pre-K, 2, 4, and 6

Sing-a-long in the Gym

  • 12:30 – Pre-K, 2, 4, and 6

  • 1:00 - K, 1, 3, and 5  

If your family does not celebrate Halloween and you would like for your child to participate in the alternate activity being offered, please complete and return the form that was sent home about the Halloween Parade/Alternate Activity. You may also call Ms. Cruz at 301-985-1898 with any questions.

Instrumental Music

Curious of when your child has their Instrumental Music lesson? Go to for program and schedule updates! You will find all the information you need to help your child stay on track for Instrumental Music with Mr. Ambrose.

2015-2016 Science/Stem Fair

The 2015-2016 Science/Stem Fair timeline will begin on November 9, 2015.  The Science/Stem Fair judging will be held on January 27, 2016.  The Science/Stem Fair project is an inquiry based long- term project. Prince George’s County Public Schools requires all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to complete a Science/Stem Fair project.  The project is optional for Third Graders. The timeline allows the students to manage this long-term project by having every component of the project due, reviewed by the teacher with feedback, and returned to the student. Science/Stem Fair booklets are given to each student. Projects are displayed on a backboard.  White and colored backboards are sold at school by pre-ordering and prepaying for them.  Every effort was made this year to coordinate the Science/Stem Fair timeline due dates with the Write A Book timeline due dates so any student who wants to do both projects has the opportunity to do so without too much conflict.  Both projects are however occurring at the same time because of the Prince George’s County Public School deadlines.  Hint:  If a student wants to do a plant project, you must start very early and plant MANY plants.  The projected timeline is below.

2015-2016 Dr. James F. Luhr STEM Fair




Discussion of testable questions and variables


Planning booklets with questions going home


Testable question and variables due to teacher


Question and variables approved and returned. Research begins


Research with three sources due to teacher

Prediction/Hypothesis due to teacher


Research returned to students. Research Report Assigned

Prediction/Hypothesis approved and returned to students


Materials list and procedures assigned


Materials list and procedures due to teacher


Materials list and procedures returned to students.


Research Report Due




Project Testing done at home.  Collect data on a data chart. 15 trials minimum


Data charts, graphs completed at home or finished in class


Data charts, graphs due to teacher or finished in class


Results and conclusion due to teacher


Results and conclusion returned to student

1-15 to  


Backboards completed at home.


Science Fair Completed Projects due to teacher/Presentations practiced in class.


Intermediate STEM Fair & Judging

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please make sure that you have signed up for a parent teacher conference.  School will be closed November 11, 2015 to provide teachers and parents the opportunity to meet and discuss student progress.  If you are unable to attend a conference November 11th, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule another date and time.  Teachers are also available for phone conferences with parents.  It is extremely  important that parent and teachers meet to discuss student progress.   

Volunteers Needed

Ms. Ghebrekidan, the Italian Teacher is in dire need of volunteers.  As she instructs over 500 children each week, she could use help with photocopying, laminating, making materials, and a host of other jobs that could help to lighten her load.  If you are available, please contact her at  She thanks you in advance for your support!


Write-A-Book is coming up soon, so I want to make sure you are aware of the program, some details and important dates.

Write-A-Book is a countywide writing competition for all grades that takes place over the course of the school year. Students can participate in many ways. They can write a short story, non-fiction report, poem, or picture book. Each category has specific rules, and you will receive a handout soon with details. Students may also work as a team. Additionally, Write-A-Book is voluntary. While we hope that all students will participate, it is not required. Mrs. Waugh will be introducing the project over the next few weeks in the Media Center. There are several important dates you should put on



Interest slip is due (AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE).


First drafts of stories (and illustrations) are due.


Drafts are returned to participants.


Second drafts are due.


Second drafts are returned to participants.


Final Drafts are due and must comply with ALL Write-A-Book rules at this time.

Week of 1/11-15

Write-A-Book submissions will be bound. This will take place both during the day, and in one evening with the support of parent volunteers.


Judging is conducted.


Submissions are returned to UPES

5/11, 7-9PM

Annual Write-A-Book Award Ceremony

Principal Coffee

Parents of students in grades 2 and 3 are invited to an informal chat with me October 28, 2015, 8:00-9:00 a.m. It’s a great chance to ask your questions and hear what is happening at our school. Coffee and pastries will be provided.  It’s a great opportunity to hear about our school goals and decisions for the school, to ask questions and hear what questions others have, and to meet other parents.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 23-Fall Fest grades Pre-K-1

Thursday, October 29-Halloween Parade and Parties from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30-11:55 a.m. early dismissal for students

Monday, November 2-Teacher Planning Day, No school for students

Wednesday, November 4, PTA Meeting-2:15 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday, November 4-6- Gr. 3 OLSAT testing

Wednesday, November 11-Parent Teacher Conferences, School closed for students

Thursday, November 12-Principal’s Coffee grades 4-6. 8:00-9:00 a.m.

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