Newsletter Wednesday June 1 2016

University Park Elementary School

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June 1, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

The Dine Out Night at Chipotle was a hit!  Thanks to the wonderful UPES Community, our school will receive approximately $500 from Chipotle.   Finally, I know this school year seems to be longer than most but June 17-20 which are 2 hour early release days for students are considered full days of school.  All students are expected to be in attendance until the last day of school which includes students in sixth grade.       The final Eagle Newsletter will come home with students June 15, 2016.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.    

Career Day

Thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers we had for career day. It was a great day of learning and connection within the community. We are so fortunate to be part of such a dynamic and caring community and we appreciate your generosity of spirit in taking time to make your career "real" for our students. Thank you to  Becky Widman, Beatriz Caron, Rosa Rodriguez, and Claudia Gonzalez for helping out during Career Day.  We’d also like to thank all of the  parents and community volunteers for joining us to highlight their careers.  Also, all the parents who donated breakfast and to Starbucks at 3601 East West Highway.

Field Day 2016
June 1st – 6th Grade
June 6th – 3rd-5th Grades
June 8th – K-2 Grades

Field Day events are set up around the field and in the gym for student enjoyment. Some of the stations include water games to add to the fun and also help to cool off the kids.

All students should be dressed for outdoor games and wearing the color designated by their homeroom teacher. In addition to proper play clothing, EVERY student must have a water bottle WITH their name on it. Applying sunscreen at home helps to move the day along faster. A hat is also a good idea.

Parent volunteers are needed to "run" the stations. (All supplies are set up and ready to go and an orientation will be provided at 8am to ensure that you know what to do.) Volunteers are needed from 8:00-11:30am or any part thereof. If you are able to help, please let your child's homeroom teacher know of your availability.

2nd Annual 6th Grade Clap Out

Please join us as we celebrate the promotion of our sixth grade students on Monday, June 20, 2016, 11:40 a.m.  The entire school will line our hallways and applaud our sixth graders as they process through the building in celebration of their accomplishment.  This will be a lovely event and we encourage all members of the UPES Family to attend the Clap Out.  

Science Fair

Congratulations to our Kids for Science County Fair winners. Third grader Roddy Wright won a First place ribbon and an Excellence in Mathematics Award.  Third grader Nathan Widman won a Third Place ribbon and the James Prigmore Award for Best Science Display.   Fourth graders Kazumi Haag won an Honorable Mention ribbon in Animal Sciences and Julia Garcia won a Third Place ribbon in Mathematics. 5th grader Julia Beckmann won a First Place ribbon and an Excellence in Physics award.  We are very proud of all of you.

Summer School Programs and Activities

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Summer Programs offer students opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, credit recovery, or original credit.   This 2016 Summer Programs Guide is available at Information in this publication may change after printing and posting. For more details, please consult with your school counselor or contact the Summer Programs Office by phone at 301-808-1124 or email at or  Use this 2016 Summer Programs Guide to review the available options and learn how to apply. Program availability will depend on enrollment. Space is limited – apply early!

Summer Reading

As the school year winds down, and the summer heats up, Ms. Waugh at UPES and Ms. Jackson at the Hyattsville branch library want you to know about summer reading programs!

First of all, you should register for summer reading through the library. This can be done at home through or in your local branch during regular operating hours. Summer reading is for 0-18 years of age and the kids receive prizes both for registration and completion of the program.

There are a TON of special programs at the Hyattsville library including:

  • Saturday, June 25 2-3PM: Try a Rainbow of Delicious Foods

  • Saturday, June 25 3-4PM Get Ready, Get Set, Sidewalk Chalk!

  • Sunday, June 26 1-4PM Virtual Reality Road Show

  • Saturday, July 16, 2-2:45 Amazing Animal Yoga Moves

  • Thursday, July 28, 3:30-4:30 Five Nights at the Library: Scare-Fest Survive the Library (intended for upper elementary and middle school - not younger kids)

Summer storytimes are as follows:

  • Baby (0-2 years old) Mondays 10:15, 11 am

  • Toddler (2-3 years old) Tuesdays 10:15, 11am AND Thursdays 10:30

  • Preschool (3-5) Wednesdays 10:30 am, 7pm

As always, it is wise to call ahead to confirm times for events. The Hyattsville Branch Library can be reached at (301) 985-4690. We wish you all a safe, happy, reading summer!

School Supply Kits

Get ahead of the game and order your school supply kits for next year!


Refer to the attached flier for details on ordering next year's school supplies 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 2-ESOL Picnic

Friday, June 3-Cantare Assembly, 8:15-9:00 (K,1,3,5) and 9:10-10:00 (Pre-K,2,4,6)

Monday, June 6-Gr. 3-5 Field Day

Tuesday, June 7-Grade 5 Picnic @ Town field

Wednesday, June 8-Gr. K-2 Field Day

Friday, June 10-Volunteer Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.

Friday, June 10-Blue Sky Puppets Assembly in gym (grades 2-3 only, 10:30 a.m. )

Monday, June 13- 6th grade volleyball game, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Yearbook Autograph Party, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 14-6th grade Promotion, Grade 4 Picnic

Wednesday, June 15-Grades 1 and 2 Picnics

Thursday, June 16-Honor Roll Assemblies (8:00 a.m.-2-3 and 9:15 a.m.-4-5 in the gym)

Friday, June 17-Grade 6 Promotion Celebration 9:00-11:00 a.m., Early Release 11:55 a.m.

Monday, June 20-Grade 6 Clap Out, 11:40 a.m., Early Release 11:55 a.m.         

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