Newsletter Wednesday September 21 2016

University Park Elementary School

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September 21, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

As you’ve probably learned by now, Ms. Neff is the best with public relations as I’m certain your child has shared that Family Gym Night is tonight.  Please join us for this wonderful evening!  Students are given the opportunity for additional exercise with friends after a busy day of learning.  What we love most about Family Gym Night is that it’s totally free for all families.  Please put  on your comfortable clothing and come out for an evening of fun and activity from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you tonight!   The next Eagle Newsletter  will come home with students Wednesday, October 5th.  If you have any questions between now and then, please contact me at or 301-985-1898.

Destination Imagination

Mr. Booker has graciously agreed to be the Destination Imagination sponsor for UPES.  He’s requesting to meet with interested students and parents Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:15 p.m.  Please contact him at if you are interested but unable to make the meeting.


Madeline Cruz has accepted a position in the Office of Counsel effective next month.  I am very happy for her as this is a promotion but I am sad for our school community.  Madeline has served the staff and students of UPES well and she will truly be missed.  Please join me in congratulating her as she pursues her next level of work with PGCPS.

The Leadership Team and I have begun interviewing candidates for Ms. Cruz’s position at the end of last week.  As you  know, Ms. Cruz  set the bar extremely high  and we will work diligently to ensure her replacement is worthy of our students, teachers,  parents, and larger school community. Once a replacement has been selected, we will make a formal announcement via the Eagle Newsletter.  

Data Entry

We are looking for a few parents to assist with entering data to get the electronic newsletter up and running.  Please contact me via email Toi. with the dates and times that you are available.  We would like to have the electronic newsletter up and running for the October 19th newsletter or sooner.  

Halloween Festivities

  • Our Halloween parade and Sing-a-long will take place  Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:00 p.m.

  • The Sing-a-long for grades Pre-K, 2, 4, and 6 will start at 12:30 in the gym, and at 1:00 p.m. for grades K, 1, 3, and 5. When the students are not at the Sing-a-long, they will enjoy  a Halloween party in their classrooms. For the Halloween celebration, please encourage students to  bring his/her costume in a bag for the afternoon – we will have a regular academic morning. For the afternoon, the students' costumes should be appropriate and not too scary or violent. Props that are weapons are not allowed.

  • We are in need of costumes for students, any donations would be greatly appreciated. Please send all donated costumes to the front office.

Health Room

As mentioned in our previous newsletter, Ms. Anu Abraham, school nurse is no longer with PGCPS as of Friday, September 16, 2016.  Her replacement will begin Monday, September 26, 2016.  Therefore,  students with serious medical needs will be cared for by nurses from neighboring schools until the replacement arrives.

Lunch Applications

Just a reminder that  temporary Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility ends October 6,2016.  

Families may submit applications online or paper.  Please contact Ms. Devilan Cowherd, Registrar for assistance at 301.985.1898 or Devilan.Cowherd@

Math Matters

Math Matters!

-Get a pulse on performance. Pave the way to success.

The end of September students in grades 2-6 will take The Math Inventory.  The Math Inventory is a research-based, adaptive assessment that measures math abilities and longitudinal progress from Kindergarten through Algebra II. The Math Inventory ensures that students are ready to perform math tasks at college levels. It provides more information at the very high and low end of the achievement spectrum.  The Math Inventory shifts the paradigm from focusing on the skills students do not know to identifying what they already possess and are now ready to learn. This key shift makes all the difference in accelerating growth toward algebra.  Keep in mind that Algebra is the gateway to college! The Math Inventory provides an accurate forecast of the trajectory to algebra with progression of the most critical concepts and skills students must master at each grade level. By mapping progress along the way, educators are able to forecast each student’s individual growth and address his or her needs accordingly.

Now is the time to help your child set goals: Setting goals is good practice, and achieving goals creates motivation.  Help your child set and achieve SMART goals about behavior, time management, or school:






-Tammy Sandoval, Math ITL

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 21-Family Gym Night, 6:00 p.m.

September 30-Professional Development Day-No School for Students

Wednesday, October 5-School Store

Friday, October 7-Hispanic Heritage Night, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 21-MSEA Convention, No school for students and teachers

Thursday, October 27-Halloween Celebrations, 12:00 p.m.
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