Newsletter Wednesday December 2 2015

University Park Elementary School

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December 2, 2015

Message from Ms. Davis

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a restful holiday and enjoyed their time with family and friends.  We’d like to thank Nancy Neher, Michelle  Wedge, Mary Durkin, and  Juanfang Zhang for assembling our Wednesday Folder packets and for entering the data into the database to get our electronic database off the ground.  We truly appreciate all of their help and support. The next Eagle Newsletter will be coming home December 16, 2015 but I am only a phone call or email away if needed.  

Excellence in Gifted And Talented Education (EGATE)

Ms. Jackson, Talented And Gifted (TAG)  Coordinator submitted our EGATE Binder to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Thursday, November 19, 2015.  The state will notify schools between January-February as to whether they have achieved EGATE Certification.  A huge thank you to our  teachers  who have  worked tirelessly to provide all students with a rigorous education.  Thank you to Ms. Hamer for helping Ms. Jackson to review artifacts, provide feedback, and assemble the binder according to MSDE specifications. A huge   thank you to Becky Widman and Sandra Miranda for being parent representatives on the TAG Committee.  We’d also  like to thank Becky  Widman for proofing the binder to ensure we were error free before submission to MSDE. Finally, thank you to the PTA for their support of our work and for all of their assistance with the application process.  

Green School Certification

UPES is in the process of acquiring Green School Certification with the help of the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS).  Lillian Powers, from AWS, Michele Rowland, and Geoff Favero are spearheading our efforts to submit our Green School  application by the December 18th deadline.  Certification takes 2 years but we are able to reference our work  with AWS from 2014-2015 which makes us eligible to apply.  

New Kindergarten Teacher Selected

After a lengthy process, Ms. Coon, Ms. Hines, Ms. Martin, Dr. Freeman, and I have selected an extremely qualified Kindergarten  teacher.  Ms. Jenny Barcarse  began as the new Kindergarten Teacher Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  She has over 10 years in public and private education.  She taught for 4 years in PGCPS before entering the private sector and has spent her entire career in Early Childhood Education.  Mrs. Barcarse is coming to UPES  with outstanding professional recommendations and a proven record of outstanding academic achievement for all children.  Please join me in welcoming her to  UPES as the Kindergarten team believes she is not only the best candidate for their team but the right candidate.  Additionally, we'd like to thank Mrs. Lidia Baker for stepping in as the  long term substitute.  Mrs. Baker went above and beyond to ensure her instructional program matched that of the Kindergarten team and we are forever grateful.  While we are saying goodbye to Mrs. Baker for now, we know that UPES will be forever in her heart and she in ours.  We wish Mrs. Baker all the best!  Finally, thank you to the entire UPES community for your patience as we completed the process to select a new teacher.  

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.

Parent Engagement Corner

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends and that you ate enough turkey to last another year! Below you will find information about activities and events you may enjoy with your family this holiday season.

  1. Holiday Tree Lighting (FREE)

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7pm

Magruder Park (40th Avenue and Hamilton Street in Hyattsville, MD)

The program will include holiday music and a visit from Santa! Refreshments will   be served, this is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly!

    2.   Holiday Hayrides ($5 per person)

December 4-27, 2015 from 7-8pm (Closed Christmas Day)

301 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, MD

Hayride through the festival of lights and visit Watkins Nature Center. Warm up by  the fire and enjoy refreshments! *All Ages Welcomed*

    3.   Breakfast or Lunch with Santa ($5 per person, children 2 & under are free)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

          Breakfast: 9am-10:30am

Lunch: 12pm-1:30pm

City Municipal Building, First Floor Multipurpose Room

4310 Gallatin Street Hyattsville, MD 20783

Seating is limited, please call  301-985-5021 to reserve your spots!

    4.   Santa Fly-In ($5 per person)

Saturday, December 5, 2015 between 12pm-4pm

College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive College Park, MD

Watch Santa fly into historic College Park Airport! Children will enjoy holiday arts and crafts, and will have a chance to have their picture taken with Santa. *All Ages Welcomed*

    5.   15th Annual Christmas Baskets for Needy Families (first come, first serve)

Friday, December 18, 2015 between 9am-4pm

Community Policing Services Building

8011 New Hampshire Ave. Hyattsville, MD


If you have any questions or would like to share an activity you know about in our area, please contact Ms. Cruz at 301-985-1898.

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, December 9-Early Release Day, students dismissed at 11:55 a.m.

Tuesday, December 22-Progress Reports sent home

Wednesday, December 23-Winter Break begins

Monday, January 4-School resumes
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