Newsletter Wednesday November 2 2016

University Park Elementary School

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November 2, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you to all of the  parents and families who attended our Halloween Parade and parties.  This tradition continues to be a  big a hit for our community.  If you missed it, there’s always next year.  Thank you to Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Conrad for another successful Sing-a-long.  We loved the addition of the new songs coupled with the old songs.  Way to go! Please join us next Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 2:15 p.m. for our PTA Meeting.  The PTA Meeting hosts several PTA Meetings during the teacher workday to ensure teachers have the opportunity to attend a PTA meeting to discuss how the PTA can support their work.  Additionally,  we’d like to thank Ms. Anne Holtz Schmick and her committee for a wonderful Fall Fest.  The students were excited to participate in the many activities while enjoying a beautiful fall day.     Lastly, parent teacher conferences will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 for all students.  Please contact your child’s teacher to sign up for a parent conference.  The next Eagle Newsletter will be coming home November 16, 2016 but I am only a phone call or email away if needed.  

Bottle Flipping

Many of you have a child or know of a child who is continuously flipping a water bottle in hopes of the water bottle landing right side up.  While we appreciate the creativity and the excitement this challenge brings to children of all ages; it’s causing a problem at school.  We have asked students to cease flipping  bottles during lunch because we have seen students spill water on other students or inadvertently knock over students’ milk which causes other issues in the cafeteria.  Please support us by having a conversation with  your child about flipping bottles at  home only.  If you’d like to know how this phenomenon came to pass, please click on the link below.

Crossing Guard

Ms. Crawford, UPES Crossing Guard has retired after many years of service to the students of  University Park ES.  The UP Police will provide services until a replacement has been hired.  Thank you to Chief  Michael Wynnyk and his officers for supporting our families as we work through this transition.

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night is Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m.  This event will be held in the gym at no cost to students and families.  Feel free to bring dinner and have a
“carpet picnic.” Families should also bring their own water bottles.   We look forward to seeing you at this lovely event.

15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?”

Every day my son and daughter return home from school I ask, “How Was Your Day?” and I’m often greeted with grunts or inaudible sounds.  The article below offers question starters to help parents gather more information from their children about their school day. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.  15 Questions to Replace “How Was School Today?” | Edutopia


The Write-A-Book Timeline is below



Drafts of stories (and illustrations) are due.

Week of 11/15 and 11/21

Drafts are returned to participants.

Week of 12/6

Final Drafts are due and must comply with ALL Write-A-Book rules at this time.

12/6 to 12/15

UPES Write-A-Book Judging-ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPLY with Write-A-Book Rules

Week of 1/3

Write-A-Book submissions will be bound. This will take place both during the day.


Judging is conducted.


Submissions are returned to UPES

5/10, 7-9PM

PGCPS Annual Write-A-Book Award Ceremony

2016-2017 Science/Stem Fair

The 2016-2017 Science/Stem Fair timeline will begin on November 14, 2016.  The Science/STEM Fair judging will be held on February 8, 2017.  The Science/STEM Fair project is an inquiry based long- term project. Prince George’s County Public Schools requires all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to complete a Science/STEM Fair project.  The project is optional for Third Graders. The timeline allows the students to manage this long-term project by having every component of the project due, reviewed by the teacher with feedback, and returned to the student. Science/STEM Fair booklets are given to each student. Projects are displayed on a backboard or digitally presented.  White and colored backboards are sold at school by pre-ordering and prepaying for them.  Every effort was made this year to coordinate the Science/STEM Fair timeline due dates with the Write A Book timeline due dates so any student who wants to do both projects has the opportunity to do so without too much conflict.  Both projects are however occurring at the same time because of the Prince George’s County Public School deadlines.  Hint:  If a student wants to do a plant project, you must start VERY early and plant MANY plants.  The projected timeline is below.

2016-2017 Dr. James F. Luhr STEM Fair




Discussion of testable questions and variables


Planning booklets with questions going home


Testable question and variables due to teacher


Question and variables approved and returned. Research begins


Research with three sources due to teacher

Prediction/Hypothesis due to teacher


Research returned to students. Research Report Assigned

Prediction/Hypothesis approved and returned to students


Materials list and procedures assigned


Materials list and procedures due to teacher


Materials list and procedures returned to students.


Research Report Due




Project Testing done at home.  Collect data on a data chart. 15 trials minimum


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

1-23 to  


Backboards completed at home.


Science Fair Completed Projects due to teacher/Presentations practiced in class.


Intermediate STEM Fair & Judging

PTA Corner

The PTA is excited to host our November PTA meeting on November 9th at 2:15pm so we can welcome UPES teachers to join us. NOTE: There will be no formal childcare for this meeting.

Immediately following the meeting will be a brief meeting to continue planning for our PTA Auction.  This fan favorite is our biggest fundraiser and we would love to have more hands on deck. Please join us. Lots of little jobs available.

On Election Day the PTA will sponsor a Bake Sale Fundraiser in front of the elementary school in the morning and evening when the most voters come to the polls. Still looking for baked good donations and volunteers to work. Contact

Upcoming Events.

Wednesday, November 9th-PTA Meeting 2:15 / Computer Workshop for Parents Sponsored by the City of Hyattsville in the Computer Lab 2:15

Friday, November 11-Parent Teacher Conferences, School closed for students

Monday, November 14-Picture Retakes/Yearbook

Tuesday, November 15-First Quarter Report Cards Released

Wednesday, November 16-Family Movie Night, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, November 21- Awards Assemblies, grades 2-3 8:15 a.m., grades 4-6, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25-Thanksgiving Holiday, Schools and offices closed
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