Newsletter Wednesday February 15 2017

University Park Elementary School

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February 15, 2017

Message from Ms. Davis

Great things are happening at UPES!  The students enjoyed the performances by Urban Artistry as they taught students the history of Hip Hop.   Students enjoyed the dancing,  interacting with the performers, and the overall performances immensely! We’d like to thank our PTA for providing  breakfast and lunch for the STEM Fair judges, for providing dinner for the teachers during the Special Programs Open House, and for sponsoring the February assemblies.   Please join us tomorrow night for our Black History Program which begins at 6:00 p.m.  We will enjoy performances from our own  UP Singers and the group Cultura Plenera.  It’s going to be a wonderful evening and we look forward to seeing our community out in full force. Lastly, thank you to all of the parents who contributed in large and small ways to make the Valentine’s Day parties a success.  The next Eagle Newsletter will come home with students March 1, 2017.  If you need anything between now and then don’t hesitate to contact me via email or 301-985-1898.    

Art Show

During the months of February and March The Visual Arts Office is sponsoring a Prince George’s County Youth Art Month Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display from Wednesday February 22nd through Monday March 6th at the mall at Prince Georges; 3500 East West Highway, Route 410, Hyattsville MD, 20782. The objectives of the Youth Art Month Exhibition are to direct attention to the value of art education; to recognize that art is a necessity for the full development of a better quality of life for all people; to expand art programs in schools and stimulate new ones; encourage commitment to the arts by students, organizations, and individuals everywhere; and to recognize art education is a viable component in the total education curricula that develops citizens of a global society. Please join us to celebrate the arts and our students’ hard work with a special reception on Wednesday February 22nd from 6 to 8 PM.


It is important that families follow PGCPS Administrative Procedure 01160 when providing refreshments for birthday parties or celebrations.  “In order to protect the health of all students and avoid the risk of food borne illness, allergic reaction or food intolerance, only foods that are pre-packaged with a label; from a licensed commercial vendor and sources; whole fresh fruits and vegetables; and, or prepared by Nutrition Services will be allowed to be served to students.”


Mr. Aaron Springer, supplemental substitute  art teacher resigned at the end of January.  Mr. Springer provided supplemental art to UP students for about 9 years.  We’d like to thank him for his time and efforts to support the art skills of our students and we wish him all the best with his future endeavors.

Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America this March, Pre-K through Second grade will host the Annual Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast. We are excited to sing songs from Seussical the Musical, while enjoying a plate of green eggs and ham. Volunteers and staff will dress as their favorite Seuss characters and hopefully hear a story from a Cat in a Hat! Join in the fun the morning of March 2nd by volunteering to cook or serve breakfast.

Reading Events

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reading Pledge (Students pledge to read.)

National African American Read In (Adults read books or poems written by African Americans to students.)                                                                                                                                         Hats off to Reading (Wear a hat to school.)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Crazy About Books Day (Wear crazy clothes: mismatched outfits, clothes worn inside out, etc…)

National African American Read In (Adults read books or poems written by African Americans to students.)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                                                                                                                                  

Reading is Cool Day (Wear sunglasses.)

Literary Extravaganza Projects (Due Date )

Thursday, March 2, 2017

K-2 Dr. Seuss Breakfast

Reading Feeds Your Brain Day (Bring a healthy snack to eat while reading a book.)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Read for Success (Wear college apparel or the colors of a university that you want to attend.)


The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering invites families of 3rd - 12th grade students to attend this year's 2017 STEM Expo on April 8th, 2017 from 9:00am - 3:00pm (check-in begins at 8:00am). The STEM Expo is a free daylong event that exposes students and parents to careers and educational opportunities in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Please visit the 2017 STEM Expo webpage for additional information about this year's event. Register below!

2017 STEM Expo: Register Here

Parent Engagement Corner

Please join us for our Afro-Hispanic night this Thursday, February 16th at 6:00pm.  We will have the group “Cultura Plenera” from Puerto Rico performing their infectious rhythms and educating us on the heavy African Influence  on their music and culture.  It will be an exciting evening of dance and culture!

Also, I am including in this newsletter, a form to update your emergency contact information.  On this form, you can choose to sign up for WhatsApp for free, in order to receive text messages from me regarding important dates and upcoming events.  It’s completely free and secure!  Click on:  for more information.

I am in charge of finding Career Day presenters for K-3.  Career Day is May 19, but I need to start putting some presenters in place now!  If you or someone you know would like to present and inspire our future leaders, the Background Check must be completed and brought back to the front office beforehand.

Here is the link:  then, click on “complete and pay for commercial background application.”

If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me at: or call me at:  301-985-1898.

Best regards,

Alyse Sanders

University Park Elementary Parent Engagement Assistant

PTA Corner

Spring is right around the corner and with it comes lots of exciting PTA events for our school community.  

* Friday February 24th the Winter Wonderland Dance.  Good music, good times.  Concession for purchase.  5:30-7:30 PM (Pre-K-3rd) 7:30-9:30 (4th-6th) $1 for all students.  1 chaperone required for every 5 students.  NOT A DROP OFF EVENT.

*Friday March 4th 5-8pm Join us for the Silent Auction.  Free food, drinks and live entertainment!  Hundreds of items to bid on at all price points.  This is a laid back and fun evening with all proceeds going directly to the UPES PTA. Invite your friends, family and neighbors.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  Look for email on UPES Listserve with Eventbrite invitation.  We are using this to spread the word and plan the event. Please RSVP.  Looking forward to a fun evening March 4th 5-8pm at Wallace Presbyterian Church.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 20-President’s Day, School is closed

Tuesday, March 2-Dr. Seuss Breakfast, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Pre-K-2

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