Newsletter Wednesday December 7 2016

University Park Elementary School

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December 7, 2016

Message from Ms. Davis

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  We have the best community ever!   The office staff and I are truly grateful to Linda Orrin, grandmother of a 2nd and 4th grader for organizing the beautification event last Friday.  Linda and her team of volunteers painted the front office using our school colors of blue and yellow.  If you haven’t already done so, please stop by to see our beautiful front office.  I’d also like to thank Aaron Visnic, parent of a 2nd grader and 4th grader  for  working dilegently to  acquire a new carpet for the office. We truly appreciate his efforts.  Finally, we have 11 days of school before students and staff leave for a well-deserved winter break but  there is still a great deal of teaching and learning taking place.   We thank you for your support and cooperation as you ensure your child(ren) arrive to school on time as our instructional program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. The next newsletter will come home with students Wednesday, December 21, 2016.  


2017-2018 Calendar Feedback

2017-18 Post-Labor Day School Calendar: On August 31, Governor Hogan signed an executive order requiring all Maryland public schools to begin after Labor Day and end by June 15, while still maintaining the 180 student days required under state law. While the initial order allowed for school systems to apply for exemption waivers, an amendment to the order severely restricts such waivers. Therefore, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is developing a new school calendar for 2017-18 that fits within the mandated timeline.


Please compare the pre-Labor Day and post-Labor Day versions below, then click on the survey link to share your feedback as soon as possible.  


2017-18 DRAFT Post-Labor Day Calendar

2017-18 DRAFT Pre-Labor Day Calendar


Take the 2017-18 Draft School Calendar Survey

Changes to Administrative Procedure 4215 - Criminal History Checks and 4216.6 – Volunteer Services

Please review the attached Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the changes to AP 4215-Criminal History Checks and 4216.6 Volunteer Services.  Please take the time to read the entire document as the changes impact how volunteers operate within our school.


Community Builders Building Community One Card At A Time

The Community Builders would like to ask individuals, classes and families to make holiday cards for senior adults living in nursing homes, living alone or in homeless shelters.

The cards should be festive and colorful and cheerful. Use recycled and repurposed materials to make a one-of-a-kind card!

The cards should NOT have student names on them – first or last. Simply sign it with, “Students from University Park Elementary School.”

Turn it into Ms. Neff by Wednesday, Dec.21. They will be sorted and delivered thereafter.

**This makes a great INDOOR recess activity! Students can also make a card at home with their family and bring it in to share!


Food Collection

This year's food drive was a great success. We collected and delivered over 2000 items to our local food bank, Help By Phone. Thanks to all who participated in that.


In addition to helping stock the food bank, UPES students donated over 400 stuffed animals to the Cheverly Police Department. The officers use these animals during situations that they encounter that involve children.  Thanks for your part in helping children in difficult situations.


Annual Holiday School Store

A chance for students to shop for family members and themselves. Lots of gift ideas for the whole family. Students may shop during their PE, lunch and recess periods. With prices ranging from 25 cents to $5 there’s something for everyone. Wednesday, Dec 14. Remember all of our profits go to help those less fortunate in our local, national and world communities as we build community one step at a time.


Federal Impact Survey Cards

Federal Impact Survey Cards were sent home to parents prior to the Thanksgiving break. By returning the completed forms you ensure that PGCPS receives the funds that we are entitled to from the Federal government. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you return your signed form as soon as possible to your child’s homeroom teacher. If you have any questions, call Ms. Cowherd, registrar. We still have a number of cards still out.


Immigration Workshop

The City of Hyattsville has collaborated with us to provide monthly educational workshops directed towards bridging our parents to our amazing community resources.  This month, our focus is on Immigration.  We will have a speaker from The Capital Area Immigrants Rights’ Coalition (CAIR Coalition).  Their Mission Statement:

“The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas.”

According to the July 2015 United States Census, Prince George’s County alone has a 17% population of Hispanics, and it keeps growing every day. In light of impending new immigration policies, we felt this was an important topic, and we will open the floor to anyone who has any questions or concerns. Please come and bring friends to our workshop on December 13th from 5pm-6pm.  We will have interpreters available.

The event is free and includes Latin American food to enjoy afterwards!


Lost and Found

The lost and found collection has grown tremendously due to the fluctuations in  temperature. Please check the lost and found located in the cafeteria for any missing items. All items will be donated at the end of the day December 21, 2016.


PARCC Home Reports

PGCPS will be offering an online webinar December 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to help parents learn about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Individual Student Score (Home) Reports for their child.


Parents and attendees should click the link below to register for this webinar:


Information about this webinar is posted on the PGCPS main website and it's also posted on the PGCPS Parents’ website, on the calendar and PARCC webpage.


Note: PGCPS will also offer two PARCC Parent Nights on January 17, 2017 and on January 26, 2017. More information will be forthcoming. All events take place from 6-9 p.m.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017:  Oxon Hill High School

Thursday, January 26, 2017: Laurel High School

Thursday, February 2, 2017 (Inclement Weather Makeup Date, if needed)

Laurel High School

Thursday, February 16, 2017 (Inclement Weather Makeup Date, if needed)

Oxon Hill High School

STEM Fair Judges Needed

Please contact Ms. Roy at if you are interested in being a judge for the STEM Fair February 8, 2016.


PTA Corner

Your PTA is excited with the fall we have had and the Spring to come!  January 11th 6-730pm is the next PTA meeting. More info after break. Thanks to our school community for making our recent restaurant nights a success and for the amazing generosity of our families in our recent clothing driving. We were able to provide two very grateful families with winter clothes and coats for their children.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 7-Professional Development,Early Release students dismissed at 11:55 a.m.

Friday, December 9-Winter Concert Assembly for students 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Monday, December 12-Winter Concert at Northwestern HS, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14-School Store

Friday, December 23-Monday, January 2-Winter break, schools and offices closed

Tuesday, January 3-School resumes

Wednesday, January 11-PTA Meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No school for students and staff
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