Newsletter Wednesday November 16 2016
University Park Elementary School


November 16, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you to all of the families who attended parent teacher conferences last week.  If you were unable to schedule a conference last week, please know that it isn’t too late to meet with your child’s teacher.  A huge thank you to Ms. Sanders for  organizing the Computer Workshop for parents.  We hope to see more parents at our next parent workshop scheduled for December 13, 2016.    I’d also like to thank the PTA for forming the Helping Hands Committee to provide support for  our neediest families. We have the best community and our students and families are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many people who care.    The next newsletter will be published December 7, 2016.  If you need me between now and then, please contact me at 301-985-1898 or



Children of the United States (COTUS)

Several students have shared their thoughts  regarding the election verbally and in writing with school staff  and some parents are looking for ways to assist their children with processing their feelings.  As a result, there has been Twitter and Instagram pages created to do just that called COTUS (Children of the United States) .


A place where the COTUS - all children, not just the children of democrats - can share letters that they've written to our President Elect and other government officials or candidates. Letters expressing their thoughts/fears/hopes/expectations...

The idea is healing.  The idea is to teach them a constructive way of managing their feelings.  The idea is to teach them to use their voices and to let them know that their voices matter and should be heard.

If your child or a child you know is interested in sending a letter in, please consider checking out their social media pages. Positive comments only.

Instagram: @signedCOTUS

First Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies

The Honor Roll Assemblies will be held in the cafeteria for students in grades 2-6 on November 21, 2016.  The assembly will begin at 8:15 a.m. for students in grades 2-3.  The assembly for grades 4-6 will begin at 9:00 a.m. Students have the opportunity to earn the Principal’s Honor Roll, Honor Roll, Eagle Effort, and Attendance Awards.  Attendance Awards will be given to students in their homerooms.


Students in grades 2-6 who qualify for each level of honor roll will be identified by the Department of Student Applications based on grades entered on student report cards in elementary schools.


The following criteria will be used to identify students at each level:


a. Principal’s Honor Roll: Students with at least a 4.0 GPA with no grade on the report card below an “A”.


b. Honor Roll: Students with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher with no grade lower than a “C”.


Musically Yours

UPES 2016 Winter Concert!

Monday, December 12, 2016

6:30 pm @ Northwestern High School


Season's greetings! The Music Department of UPES would like to invite all students, family, friends, faculty, and more to our 2016 Winter Concert. The event will take place at 6:30 PM in Northwestern High School’s auditorium.  Please come listen to what is sure to be a wonderful performance from the chorus, band, and orchestra programs.  We hope to see you all there!


Important information: Student performers are to report to Northwestern High School  no later than 6:00 PM wearing black and white.


2016-2017  Science/Stem Fair

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

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Backboards completed at home.


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


Intermediate STEM Fair & Judging



Write-A-Book is optional for all students, but despite that over 20 students have signed up! The first round of drafts are rolling in. There are entries in every category: non-fiction, illustrated fiction, short story, and picture books. The Write-A-Book committee is excited to read them over and provide feedback soon. We will return drafts submitted by November 10 to students before Thanksgiving break to allow students time to consider suggestions, make edits, and refine their stories.


PTA Corner

Your  PTA has a new committee...Helping Hands.  We will work on several projects during the school year to help UPES families in need.  Please let us know if you are interested in joining this is new and we are still figuring things out-we would love help. Contact Kara Frome using the email  or via phone 240-476-0778.


We are starting out with a clothing drive. We have compiled a list from a few UPES families in need.  Please consider donating WINTER clothing in good condition.  There is a laundry basket outside the school office for donations.  If you are interested in making a monetary or gift card donation that would be great too--any way that we can help these families is MUCH appreciated.  The money and/or give cards can go in an envelope that is available in the school office.  

**Most needed items:  winter coats, new packages of underwear and socks for all sizes listed below


Here are the ages/gender of the children:


Boy size 14/16 or adult small(2 boys same age); Shoe size 7/8


Boy size 9/10(2 boys same size)


Boy size 7/8(2 boys same size)


Boy size 5/6(2 boys same size); shoe size 1


Grade 4 girl size 14; shoe size 4(2 girls same age and size)


Grade 2 boy size 9; shoe size 9


Grade 2 girl size 10; shoe size 1


6 year old boy size 9; shoe size 2


Thank you!  The laundry basket will be in front of the school office  from Friday Nov 11-Friday Nov 18.  November 11 is a great day to bring in donations as parents will be visiting school for the conferences!!!


Also we are happy to come to your house to pick up a donation.


Next PTA meeting January 11th, 6:00pm


Upcoming Events

Monday, November 21- Awards Assembly, 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

Monday, December 12-Winter Concert, 6:00 p.m. Northwestern High School

Tuesday, December 13-Parent ESOL Workshop, 8:00 a.m. @ UPES
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