Newsletter Wednesday November 18 2015

University Park Elementary School


November 18, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you to all of the families who attended the Principal’s Coffees in October and November.  A huge thank you to Ms. Cruz who organized these wonderful events.  She pounded the pavement to garner donations from various businesses to ensure the events were top shelf and worthy of our community.  I couldn’t have done it without her!!!  I’d also like to thank Mrs. Cynthia McCabe for providing me with a one on one tutorial session so that UPES can enter the Twitterverse.  We are now officially on Twitter so please follow us @UPSoaringEagles to receive updates on all of the wonderful things happening at our school.  The next newsletter will be published December 2, 2015.  If you need me between now and then, please contact me at 301-985-1898 or

First Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies

The Honor Roll Assemblies will be held in the cafeteria for students in grades 2-6 on November 23, 2015.  The assembly will begin at 8:15 a.m. for students in grades 2-3.  The assembly for grades 4-6 will begin at 9:00 a.m. Students have the opportunity to earn the Principal’s Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Eagle Effort, and Attendance Awards.  Attendance Awards will be given to students in their homerooms.

Students in grades 2-6 who qualify for each level of honor roll will be identified by the Department of Student Applications based on grades entered on student report cards in elementary schools.

The following criteria will be used to identify students at each level:

a. Principal’s Honor Roll: Students with at least a 4.0 GPA with no grade on the report card below an “A”.

b. Honor Roll: Students with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher with no grade lower than a “C”.

Musically Yours

UPES 2015 Winter Concert! 

Monday, December 14, 2015

6:30 pm

Season's greetings! The Music Department of UPES would like to invite all students, family, friends, faculty, and more to our 2015 Winter Concert. The event will take place at 6:30 PM in the school gymnasium.  Please come listen to what is sure to be a wonderful performance from the chorus, band, and orchestra programs.  We hope to see you all there!

Important information: Student performers are to report to UPES no later than 6:00 PM wearing black bottoms and a white top. 


Write-A-Book is optional for all students, but despite that over 50 students in grades Kindergarten to Six have signed up! The first round of drafts are rolling in. There are entries in every category, poetry: non-fiction, illustrated fiction, and picture books. The Write-A-Book committee is excited to read them over and provide feedback in the next few weeks. We will return drafts to students after Thanksgiving break to allow students time to consider suggestions, make edits, and refine their stories.

2015-2016  Science/Stem Fair

2015-2016 Dr. James F. Luhr STEM Fair




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 Engagement Corner

Our “Coffee with the Principal” Meetings for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade gave parents an opportunity to meet other parents, participate in an interactive game that tested their knowledge of UPES staff, policies and procedures while giving them a chance to show off their competitive edge! Most importantly, parents were fully engaged during our Q&A sessions and received clarification on their important questions directly from Principal Davis. Stay tuned for more “parent engagement” activities to come!

Thank you

We would like to thank Wegmans in Woodmore, Starbucks in College Park and La Flor de Puebla Bakery in Riverdale for donating breakfast, refreshments and coffee for all THREE of our “Coffee with the Principal” Meetings. Their continued support allowed us to provide parents with quality food and beverages to make our meetings a delightful success. Next time you visit their business, please thank them for their support!

Mark you calendars!

UPES will hold a new and gently used toy and book drive beginning Dec. 7th! As you prepare to shop for gifts this holiday season, look for any toys and/or books your child has outgrown & is willing to part ways with, and kindly drop them in the bins located by the front office beginning Dec. 7th! The items collected will benefit less fortunate families and their children in nearby areas. We thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 23- Awards Assembly, grades 2-3 8:15 a.m., grades 4-6, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27-Thanksgiving Holiday, Schools and offices closed

Wednesday, December 2-School Store

Monday, December 7-Friday, December 18-Toy & Book Drive

Monday, December 14-Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m. at UPES


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