Newsletter Wednesday June 15 2016

University Park Elementary School

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June 15, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you to our UPES community for another wonderful year! Our collective expectation of outstanding academic achievement for all students is highlighted in our classrooms daily.  Some of our accomplishments outside of the classroom are; we are 1 out of 6 schools in the state to earn EGATE Designation, we are now a Maryland Green School, our application with Real School Gardens has been approved, we had an unprecedented number of 1st place entries in the Write-A-Book competition, and we can’t forget the Cinderella  performance.  As we bring the 2015-2016 school year to a close, I must say I am truly honored to be the principal of UPES.  Thank you and have a safe and wonderful summer!!   

Attention Grade 4 Parents (Camp Schmidt)

The 5th grade  overnight field trip  to Camp Schmidt will take place September 19-20 and if you are interested in chaperoning overnight, you  must undergo the full fingerprint/background check (unless you have already done so) before school starts in August (timing will be limited between the start of school and the field trip date). Please call the Fingerprinting Office at 301-952-6775 to verify cost and office hours (12 month staff work four, 10 hour days, so all offices will be closed on Fridays during the summer).

The Camp Schmidt  PowerPoint Presentation can be viewed from the link: Camp Schmidt Website. This link also provides modules (both written and 'how-to' video), so that will help chaperones to prepare for any assigned activity that is given to you.  Volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the trip.

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 and the end of their elementary years.  This will be a lovely event and we encourage all members of the UPES Family to attend our second annual Clap Out.  There won’t be a dry eye in the house!!

Class Placement Letters

Students at UPES are grouped instructionally using county and school benchmarks to guide student placement. Classes will not be made until all instructional information is received at the end of the year.  Therefore, parents will receive class placement letters by August 12, 2016.  I am respectfully requesting that parents refrain from contacting the school prior to this date.  Finally, request for specific teachers cannot be guaranteed as all teachers have the capacity to instruct students at high levels.  


We have 4 staff members who aren’t returning to UPES next year.  Ms. Baer, Ms. Waugh, Ms. Pawlowski, and Ms. Prell are not returning to UPES next year.  While we are sad to see them leave, we wish them well on their future endeavors.  Please read the latest  farewell notes from Ms. Pawlowski and Ms. Prell.

Allison Pawlowski

Dear UPES community,

It is with a conflicted heart that I will be leaving University Park next year.  On the one hand I will be leaving what has been a welcoming, nurturing home for the past two years.  But on the other, I am looking forward to the new exciting opportunities that will be mine next year.

As many of you know, I recently became engaged.  Next year I will be moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to my fiancé.  I will also be pursuing my Master’s degree in Educational Technology at the University of Delaware.  So while I regret leaving such a wonderful community, I am excited to start this new chapter of my life.

Finally, I want to thank all of the teachers, administrators, staff members, parents, and especially the students who have made my time at UPES so rewarding.  Over the past two years I have learned from all of you valuable skills and strategies that will help guide my future.  I am leaving UPES a more confident, knowledgeable, and focused teacher than when I came to you two years ago, and for that I am eternally grateful.  

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Pawlowski

Vanessa Prell

It has been an honor and a pleasure to be a part of the University Park community this year.  I have really enjoyed working with and teaching 5th grade Language Arts.  However, I have been offered an opportunity to teach in a Jewish community school.  I am excited for this opportunity, but very sad to be leaving the students and the community at UPES.

In Peace,

Vinny Prell

Honor Roll Assemblies

The final Honor Roll Assemblies will be June 16, 2016.  Students in grades 2-3 will receive their awards for Principal Honor Roll, Honor Roll and Eagle Effort at 8:15 a.m.  Students in grades 4-5 will receive their awards at 9:15 a.m.   

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

University Park ES will become a PBIS School next year.  Selected staff members will participate in a two day training to learn how to implement the program.  I’m looking for at least two  interested parents who would like to join me, Dr. Freeman, Mr. Booker, Ms. Conrad, and Ms. Hines as we take part in the August 8-9 training sessions at UPES.  Please contact me via email, in person, or phone if you’re interested.  Please read below to learn about the PBIS program.

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a process for creating safer and

more effective schools. PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans.

PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for:

ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings

Non-classroom settings within the school environment

Individual classrooms and teachers, and Individual student supports for the estimated 3-

7% of students who present the most challenging behaviors. PBIS IS NOT a program or a curriculum. IT IS a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating an environment within which school-based teams of educators who are trained in:

-Systems change

-Effective behavior management principles and practices; and

-Applications of research-validated instruction and management practices.

The Key Components of PBIS include:

1. Commitment from Administration and Staff to build and/or maintain a consistent

   approach to school wide discipline

2. Clear set of positive expectations & behaviors

3. Procedures for teaching expected behavior

4. Continuum of procedures for encouraging expected behavior

5. Continuum of procedures for discouraging inappropriate behavior

6. Procedures for on-going monitoring & evaluation

For More information, log onto or contact Anissa Freeman-Jones in the Student Affairs/Safe & Drug-Free Schools Office (301) 749-4126 ext. 2007

Summer Hours

Beginning June 20, 2015- August 5, 2016, the front office will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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 Activity Calendars have not been updated on the county website just yet but when they are, the link below will help families access them.

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.


We love all of our families and hate to see them leave but we recognize change is a part of life.  If you have a child in Pre-K-5 and your child will not return to UPES next year, please contact Ms. Cowherd so that she can prepare the proper paperwork to withdraw your child from UPES.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 16-Honor Roll Assemblies (8:15 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.   

Thursday,July 7-Report Cards Mailed Home by PGCPS

Monday, August 22- 12:00-1:00 Pre-K-K and Grade 6 Orientation, 1:00 p.m.-Open House grades 1-5

Tuesday, August 23-First day of school

Thursday, September 1-Back to School Night-Pre-K-6 (trying something new)

Monday-Tuesday, September 19-20, Camp Schmidt, Grade 5

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