Newsletter Wednesday April 20 2016

University Park Elementary School

C:\Users\Toi.Davis\Downloads\UPES logo.jpg


April 20, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you to everyone who attended the Azalea Classic last Saturday!  What a wonderful event to celebrate our sense of community, fitness, and fun.  Thank you to Ms. Neff, Ms. Sarah Nelkin, and their Azalea Classic Committee for organizing this wonderful event.  I’d also like to thank all of the teachers and staff who came out on a Saturday to run, walk,  and support students during the race.  Saturday was another testament as to what makes UPES the best school ever.      The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students May 4, 2016.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.    

Congratulations UPES Cricket Team !

UPES is participating in the BEST Cricket League for the second year. I am happy to share that we won our first game against Greenbelt ES last Wednesday.  Congratulations to Annika Olson, Ryley Komisar-Bury, Benno Wien, Franz Wien, Lukas Wien, Alton Battle, Gabriela Martinez, Drake Cartwright, Noah Stone-Allen, Kai Howarth, Rico Warrick, and Jayden Warrick.  


In an effort to ensure that all families receive communications in a timely manner, I’m asking families to complete this brief survey by clicking  The link can also be accessed via our website. Thank you in advance as your feedback will be invaluable.

Picture Day Rescheduled

Picture day (originally scheduled for April 15) has been rescheduled to May 16.  On May 16th the following will occur

  • Staff Photo

  • Class Photo (by homeroom)

  • Spring Individual Pictures

  • 6th Grade Panoramic

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten for SY 2016-17 began  Monday, April 11, 2016, at 8:30 am. For Pre-K, your child must be 4 by September 1, 2016, and for Kindergarten, your child must be 5 by September 1, 2016.  You will need to bring with you your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency (current mortgage statement, property tax statement, lease, etc.)  If you are registering your child for Pre-K, you will also need to bring with you 2 current consecutive pay stubs.

Solo and  Ensemble Festival

On Saturday, April 16th, Instrumental Music Students participated in the Prince George's County Public Schools Elementary Solo and Ensemble Festival. This year, University Park was well represented with the most entries in the entire county. This voluntary festival features students from around the county performing selections of music for local musicians and educators. These performances are adjudicated, where comments and ratings are given to participants in an effort to award their hard work and encourage more improvement. Congratulations to Kamal Skeete-Ridley, Jonah Ramsey-Lucas, Kendall Skeete-Ridley, Caroline Ross, Andrew Ross, Kira Moss, Sophia Becraft, Sydney Fiore, Anika Olson, Sean Leonard, Hector Garcia,  Abagail Coleman, Julia Beckmann, Kacey Nygoesa, Amelia Lozano-Beckman, Anand Abraham, Benno Wein, Franz Wein, Brakemi Nelson, Larissa Olson, Jordan Chamberlain, Maya Smith, Todd Bills, Liliyah BenAissa, and  Brandon Cibor.

Take Your Child to Work Day

Prince George's County Public Schools will not observe the national “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day” event on Thursday, April 28, 2016 due to PARCC testing.  However, if families elect to take their children to work, the absence will be considered an excused absence with the appropriate documentation.

PGCPS Attendance Procedures
To maintain accurate student attendance, all students accompanying their parents to work must observe the following procedures:

  • If you plan to have your child accompany you to work, you must notify your child’s school PRIOR to Thursday, April 28th.

  • Students are responsible for obtaining any schoolwork that they will miss. All schoolwork must be completed in accordance with the teacher’s directions.

  • When your child returns to school, she or he must bring a letter on your company letterhead stating that she or he accompanied you to work. As is the case for ALL absences, the school must receive this letter within 72 hours of your child’s return to school.

  • For attendance purposes, the day will be counted as an excused absence; however, if the above procedures are not followed, the day will be counted as an unexcused absence. As a reminder, an excused or unexcused absence will affect your child’s perfect attendance record.

Testing Update

This  week all students in PGCPS enrolled in grades three through eight will participate in Maryland’s PARCC test.   The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires Maryland to test in both English/Language Arts (ELA)  and Math.  Maryland’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test will help measure students’ mastery of English Language Arts, literacy, and Math. These are not “fill-in-the-bubble” tests. Students will be asked, for example, to write an essay, create a graph, or create a model.

For grades 3 through 8, the test covers ELA and Math. Our testing window began  April 18 and ends May 12.  During this window your student will participate in both ELA and Math testing, using a computer device to access the test.  Different grade levels will participate in the tests over the course of the testing window.

The  testing schedule is below.

April and May 2016 (8 am to 11 am)






April 18-Day 1

ELA -UNIT 1 -90 min

4th and 5th Grades

April 19-Day 2

ELA -UNIT 2  -90 min

4th and 5th Grades

April 20-Day 3

ELA -UNIT 3 -90 min

4th and 5th Grades

April 21-Day 4

ELA -UNIT 4  -90 min

4th and 5th Grades

April 22-Day 5

ELA -UNIT 1 -90 min for 3rd, 110 min for 6th

3rd and 6th Grades

April 25-Day 6

ELA -UNIT 2 -75 min for 3rd, 110 min for 6th

3rd and 6th Grades

April 26

School Closed-Primary Election

April 27-Day 7

ELA -UNIT 3- 90 min

3rd and 6th Grades

. NO TESTING except MAKEUPS today!

April 29-Day 8

ELA -UNIT 4 -- 90 min

3rd and 6th Grades

May 2-Day 9

Math -UNIT 1- 60 min

4th and 5th Grades

May 3-Day 10

Math -UNIT 2- 60 min

4th and 5th Grades

May 4-Day 11

Math -UNIT 3- 60 min

4th and 5th Grades

May 5-Day 12

Math -UNIT 4- 60 min

4th and 5th Grades

May 6-Day 13

Math -UNIT 1- 80 min

6th Grade

May 9-Day 14

Math-UNIT 1, 60 min for 3,

UNIT 2, 80 min for 6

3rd and 6th Grades

May 10-Day 15

Math -UNIT 2- 60 min

3rd Grade

May 11-Day 16

Math-UNIT 3 -60 min for 3rd, 80 min for 6th

3rd and 6th Grades

May 12-Day 17

Math -UNIT 4- 60 min

3rd Grade

May 13


  • Your child arrives to school on time.

  • Your child eats a substantial breakfast in the morning that will give him/her the necessary    energy and alertness for participation in testing.

  • Your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before each testing day.

  • Your child is in school every testing day. 

  • You encourage your child to do his/her best!


Thank you for your help.  We know our students will do their best!  Should you have any questions, please call the school.

Transitional Students

Students transitioning to a new school as a result of a promotion to a different educational level, boundary change, participation in a specialty school or change in residence must provide proof of residency. Proof of residency may be established by any of the following documents: settlement papers, lease/rental agreement, deed of property, mortgage statement, letter from apartment complexes on official letterhead, or a current property tax bill.  These documents must be originals.  Settlement papers, lease agreement, and rental agreements must be signed and dated by all parties.   Parents of students in grade 6 must come to UPES to update proof of residency by Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  Pre-K students, unless on an approved transfer, will be enrolled at their neighborhood school for the following year.    

Write A Book

This year, 37 students submitted completed Write-A-Book projects and 23 books were submitted to the county for judging. Of those 23, six were winners! Congratulations to Kindergarteners Emilie Becraft and Penelope Nelkin, 3rd place, A Very Spooky Halloween, and Nancy Wible, Honorable Mention, The Four Seasons. Corey Schmick, in second grade, received a 1st place award for his picture book, The Fruity Friends Vs. The Cavity Crew - Congratulations, Corey! Also second graders, Caroline Tornquist and Isabelle Becraft received 3rd place awards for their non-fiction story, The Story of Isabella Duncan. Hana Neher, in third grade, received a 2nd place award for her picture book, Mr. Snuggles. Finally, Benno Wien, sixth grade, was awarded 2nd place for his Illustrated Fiction book, An Alien Encounter. These students will be recognized at the county wide awards program on May 11, 7-9PM at Roosevelt High School. ALL students who submitted a completed Write A Book will be invited to an Author's Tea, held at University Park on May 19, from 12:45-1:45 to celebrate their hard work and achievement.

The Fruity Friends Vs. The Cavity Crew

Corey Schmick

1st Place

Mr. Snuggles

Hana Neher

2nd Place

An Alien Encounter

Benno Wien

2nd Place

The Story of Isadora Duncan

Caroline Tornquist and Isabelle Becraft

3rd Place

A Very Spooky Halloween

Emilie Becraft and Penelope Nelkin

3rd Place

The Four Seasons

Nancy Wible

Honorable Mention

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 20-Art Show, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26-No School, Election Day

Friday, April 29-Pre-K-K Arbor Day celebration-1:00-1:30

Monday-Friday, May 2-6, Teacher Appreciation Week
Last modified: 4/19/2016 9:18:45 PM