Newsletter Wednesday January 6 2016

University Park Elementary School

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January 6, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

Welcome back!  I hope that you enjoyed your vacation with family and friends.  Now that we have returned, there are many exciting events occurring here at UPES.  I’ve included the timelines for the Science Fair and Write-A-Book activities in the newsletter as a reminder for participating families.  If you have questions regarding the Science Fair, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Rowland as she is the chairperson.  All students in grades 4-6 are required to complete a Science Fair project and should be well on their way to completing their projects.   Ms. Waugh, Media Specialist is the contact for Write-A-Book.    If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me. The next newsletter will be coming home on Wednesday, January 20th. 

PARCC Scores

Students in grades 4-6 received the PARCC Home Reports in the December 16th Wednesday Folder.  Parents are enouraged to utilize the website to aid their understanding of what the scores mean for your child(ren).  I also encourage parents to attend the January 13th PTA Meeting as a representative from the Testing Office will be available to answer questions and provide an overview of the scores.

2015-2016 Science/Stem Fair

The 2015-2016 Science/Stem Fair timeline is below.

2015-2016 Dr. James F. Luhr STEM Fair




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


January is a very busy month for testing!  Please make every effort to have your child arrive  to school on time each day.  Please do not schedule appointments during the school day if possible.  Please check your child’s class newsletter/calendar, PGCPS and school websites, and this newsletter for testing information and dates. You may contact the school or your child's teacher for specific days and times.  

Ways to Support Our School

You can support our school by shopping at your favorite stores.  Target’s Take Charge of Education Program and Giant Food’s A+ Bonus Bucks will give a portion of what you spend back to our school.  All you have to do is register your card online or at the store and designate University Park as the recipient school. Please note that this is the last year for the Target Take Charge of Education program.  The program will officially end May 14, 2016.

Write A Book

The Write-A-Book timeline is below.



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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 13-PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, January 18-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No school for students and staff

Friday, January 22-Grading/Planning Day-No school for students

Thursday, February 11-Honor Roll Assemblies, Grades 2-3, 8:15-9:00 a.m., Grades 4-6, 9:00-9:45

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